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Raising students' math achievement doesn't mean ripping up your planning book and starting over. In Accessible Mathematics Steven Leinwand (author of Sensible Mathematics) shows how small shifts in the good teaching you already do can make a big difference in student learning.
Steve focuses on the crucial issue of classroom instruction. He scours the research and visits highly effective classrooms for practical examples of small adjustments to your teaching that lead to deeper student learning in math. Some of his 10 classroom-tested teaching shifts may surprise you and others will validate your thinking. But all of them will improve your students' performance.
Thoroughly practical and ever-aware of the limits of teachers' time, Steve gives you everything you need to put his commonsense ideas to use immediately. His extensive planning advice will help you streamline your teaching to get more from everything you do. Classroom examples from every grade level model teaching language and instructional moves. And his suggestions for professional learning help increase your effectiveness through the power of collaboration.
Steven Leinwand shares your priority: raising the mathematical understanding and achievement of every one of your students. Read Accessible Mathematics, try his 10 suggestions in your practice, and discover how minor shifts in your teaching can put student learning into high gear.
Introduction It's Instruction That Matters Most
1 We've Got Most of the Answers 1
2 Ready, Set, Review 6
3 It's Not Hard to Figure Out Why Reading Works Better Than Math 15
4 Picture It, Draw It 19
5 Language-Rich Classes 26
6 Building Number Sense 34
7 Milking the Data 39
8 How Big, How Far, How Much? 46
9 Just Don't Do It! 54
10 Putting It All in Context 60
11 Just Ask Them "Why?" 69
12 Punting Is Simply No Longer Acceptable 72
13 We All Have a Role to Play and Teachers Can't Do It Alone 79
Conclusion: Instructional Productivity 86
App. 1 A Crib Sheet for Raising Mathematics Achievement for All 89
App. 2 A Model Vision of Effective Teaching and Learning of Mathematics 90
App. 3 Research Matters / Teach Mathematics Right the First Time 96
App. 4 Classroom Realities We Do Not Often Talk About 100
App. 5 Learning from Singapore Math 104