Mathematics in Focus, K-6: How to Help Students Understand Big Ideas and Make Critical Connections

Overview

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics gave us important guidance on developing a coherent curriculum with key focal points for each grade level. Jane F. Schielack and Dinah Chancellor give us the practical strategies for implementing the focal points in our instruction.

Janie and Dinah understand that teaching a focused curriculum takes special planning efforts. Each lesson has to be designed with an eye for teaching concepts and skills, and for building purposeful ...

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Overview

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics gave us important guidance on developing a coherent curriculum with key focal points for each grade level. Jane F. Schielack and Dinah Chancellor give us the practical strategies for implementing the focal points in our instruction.

Janie and Dinah understand that teaching a focused curriculum takes special planning efforts. Each lesson has to be designed with an eye for teaching concepts and skills, and for building purposeful connections. With their lesson template and suggestions for long-term planning they simplify the process and make it manageable.

They address a range of strategies that math leaders and teachers can use for instructional design that helps students achieve deeper understanding by:

prioritizing and combining mathematical ideas within tasks

making thoughtful selections of instructional tools

building relevance for mathematics

managing classroom conversations

building connections among multiple representations

allowing appropriate time for learning

using assessment effectively

differentiating instruction.

Janie and Dinah make it all accessible and relevant by using exemplar teachers who illustrate how it can all be done.

Study questions are available online and inside the text. And Janie and Dinah devote a whole chapter to the power of Professional Learning Communities. These tools make Mathematics in Focus ideal for your next book study group. Faculty in mathematics education will also find this an ideal course book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325025780
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Focusing the Curriculum by Building Purposeful Connections: A Model from Nature 1

Chapter 2 Designing Focused Instruction and Assessment: A Lesson Template 9

Chapter 3 Asking Targeted Questions to Focus on Foundational Understandings: A Lesson on Whole Number Concepts 20

Chapter 4 Identifying Priorities in a Focused Curriculum: A Lesson Integrating Number and Measurement Concepts 32

Chapter 5 Balancing Accountability and Sense Making in a Focused Curriculum: A Lesson on Place Value 50

Chapter 6 Connecting Representations to Focus on Deepening Understanding: A Lesson on Multiplication of Whole Numbers 64

Chapter 7 Using Resources Thoughtfully to Focus Instruction: A Lesson on Area Measure 76

Chapter 8 Beyond Worksheets: A Lesson on Connecting Geometry and Measurement 88

Chapter 9 Differentiating Instruction in a Focused Curriculum: A Lesson on Ratio and Rate 106

Chapter 10 Reflecting on Ways to Support Focused Instruction: Lessons Learned 121

Appendix A Planning Tree 130

Appendix B Lesson Plan Template 131

Appendix C Kindergarten Lesson Plan: Let's Make Five 134

Appendix D Grade 1 Lesson Plan: So Now How Long Is It? 143

Appendix E Grade 2 Lesson Plan: 100 or Bust! 149

Appendix F Grade 3 Lesson Plan: Modeling Multiplication 158

Appendix G Grade 4 Lesson Plan: Area: Why Multiply? 168

Appendix H Grade 5 Lesson Plan: Prisms from Cubes 175

Appendix I Grade 6 Lesson Plan: Just Right! 183

References 190

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