Feisty Females: Inspiring Girls to Think Mathematically / Edition 1

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Although girls enter school more "math ready" than boys, statistics show that by the time they graduate from high school they will have been outdistanced by males both in critical test scores and in level of interest. What has happened in the intervening years and what can we do to stop it? In Feisty Females, the authors offer some insight and propose a solution.

Feisty Females is based upon a two-year action research project undertaken by a university professor and three classroom teachers who set out to change the status quo. They developed an innovative approach to literature-based mathematics instruction that focuses on books with strong female role models. The authors discovered that these "feisty females" not only help change the way boys and girls think about females, they also encourage all students to face problem-solving situations with confidence.

Feisty Females offers ideas for using this kind of literature to lead elementary students in explorations of four key mathematical areas: number and computation; geometry and measurement; probability and statistics; and algebraic ideas. Organized around learning strategies proven successful with girls, it provides guidance in selecting books with hardy female characters, in-depth descriptions of lessons in real classrooms, a list of children's literature resources, and an extensive annotated bibliography. Readers will discover how to help students see the connections among the stories, the math, and their own lives and come to appreciate how integral mathematical literacy will be in our increasingly technological society.

Any teacher looking to create equitable classrooms in which all students become mathematically literate will benefit from the experience of these four feisty educators.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This books is a "must have" resource for every elementary teacher and librarian. The bibliography and suggestions are practical, fun, and mathematically inspired.”–Teaching Children Mathematics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325000091
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/23/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

An elementary classroom teacher in Oldham county, Kentucky, Linda Allen conducts workshops across the state on developing multiage classrooms, creating inquiry-based science lessons, and designing performance-based assessment activities.

E. Todd Brown has been an elementary classroom teacher for twenty-six years and is a nominee for the Presidential Award in Teaching Mathematics in the state of Kentucky.

A former elementary school teacher, Karen Karp is an associate professor in the department of early and middle childhood education at the University of Louisville, where she teaches graduate courses in mathematics education.

Candy Allen has over fourteen years of teaching experience and currently teaches a transition group of third and fourth graders.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing the Landscape

Seeking Stories

Talking with Words, Pictures, and Numbers

Hands-On, Minds-On, and Hearts-On

Building Critical Friends

Knowing What Is Known

Inventing Solutions

Connecting Mathematics to Life

Conclusion: Where Are We Now?

Appendix: Spreading the Words

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