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Angela Andrews and Paul Trafton know from experience that kindergartners can do great math-especially if they are engaged and challenged from the start. This collection of stories from Angela's classroom highlights the problem-solving potential of very young students. Arranged by month of the school year, each of these ten stories is an inspiration for a classroom lesson. Together the stories provide a comprehensive picture of what can be accomplished with little kids: making sense of math is the focus of the teaching; respecting children's thinking makes it possible.
Several major themes recur throughout the stories:
With every story, Angela provides not only a narrative, but also a thoughtful appraisal of her own decisions, dilemmas, and choices in the teaching of math. At the end of each story, Paul Trafton focuses on the math involved and the mathematical reasoning of the children. Clearly evident throughout is the authors' conviction that teachers not only need to understand the math in the problems the children are tackling, but also to listen respectfully and to question them honestly about their thinking. In this way, teachers can support their young students and capitalize on the opportunities at hand, the many "teachable moments" this book so successfully captures.
September-Which Holds More?
October-The Dilemma of Sharing Cookies
November-It's Not Fair! They've Got More Blocks
December-When Is a "Triangle" a Triangle?
January-Soup with Chicken Inside
February-The Secret of the Hearts
March-Ms. McGill's Challenge
April-Aaron and the Tall Tower
May-"Dear Bus Barn"
June-Revisiting the Rice Table