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In Introduction to Connections, Honi Bamberger and Christine Oberdorf familiarize you with ways to help students see the relationships between and among mathematical skills and content. They offer an array of entry points for understanding, planning, and teaching, including strategies that help students build upon and link mathematical thinking across units and lessons instead of merely moving on to the next chapter in their textbook. Full of activities that are modifiable for immediate use with students of all levels and written by veteran teachers for teachers of every level of experience, Introduction to Connections highlights the importance of encouraging children to develop understanding and insight by recognizing connections between math concepts while also recommending ways to implement connection-based teaching without rewriting your curriculum.
Best of all, like all the titles in the Math Process Standards Series, Introduction to Connections comes with two powerful tools to help you get started and plan well: a CD-ROM with activities customizable to match your lessons and a correlation guide that helps you match mathematical content with the processes it utilizes.
If your students aren't making connects between mathematical concepts. Or if you're simply looking for new ways to work the connections standard into your curriculum, read, dog-ear, and teach with Introduction to Connections. And if you'd like to learn about any of NCTM's process standards, or if you're looking for new, classroom-tested ways to address them in your math teaching, look no further than Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. You'll find them explained in the most understandable and practical way: from one teacher to another.
Posted November 22, 2009
This book includes a good number of rich math tasks that are ready to use for your 3rd-5th grade classroom. Additionally, the accompanying CD-ROM gives you ready-made handouts that can be edited to fit your classroom's unique needs. I especially like how these problems tie to real life - they make the "connections" recommended by the NCTM.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.