Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding

Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding

by Thomas P Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Karen Fuson, James Hiebert
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0435071327

ISBN-13: 9780435071325

Pub. Date: 04/21/1997

Publisher: Heinemann

The key to effective math learning lies not in the regurgitation of isolated facts but in the ablility to reason with and use what is learned - in understanding the concepts. But what does it mean to design a classroom so that understanding is the primary objective? What would a system of instruction look like if we took seriously the goal of helping all students

Overview

The key to effective math learning lies not in the regurgitation of isolated facts but in the ablility to reason with and use what is learned - in understanding the concepts. But what does it mean to design a classroom so that understanding is the primary objective? What would a system of instruction look like if we took seriously the goal of helping all students understand mathematics?

In this ground-breaking book, James Hiebert and his colleagues arm teachers with the best current research-based ideas for designing - and defending - classrooms that support students' mathematical understanding. It is based on the authors' work in four separate research programs, all of which investigated the effects of specific instructional approaches. Out of their ongoing discussions emerged a striking consensus about what features are essential and what features are optional, which they share in this book. They also provide glimpses into their individual projects and into the classrooms from which they have drawn many of their ideas.

By describing the essential features of classrooms that support students' mathematical understanding and by offering pictures of several classrooms that exhibit these features, Making Sense provides a valuable framework within which elementary teachers can reflect on their own practice and think again about what it means to teach for understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780435071325
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
04/21/1997
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
503,539
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

Table of Contents

Introducing the Critical Features of Classrooms

The Nature of Classroom Tasks

The Role of the Teacher

The Social Culture of the Classroom

Mathematical Tools as Learning Supports

Equity and Accessibility

A Day in the Life of One Cognitively Guided Instruction Classroom

A Day in the Life of a Conceptually Based Instruction Classroom

Student Talk in a Problem-Centered Classroom

Snapshots Across Two Years in the Life of an Urban Latino Classroom

Revisiting the Critical Features of Classrooms

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