My Kids Can: Making Math Accessible to All Learners, K-5

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Teaching mathematics to a range of learners has always been challenging. With the widespread use of inclusion and RTI, having a variety of effective teaching options for students who struggle is more important than ever. In My Kids Can, you'll get instructional strategies that allow all struggling math learners to move along the path toward grade-level competency.

In My Kids Can teachers share successful ways to work with struggling students. Their instruction is aligned with the NCTM standards and guided by five powerful core principles.

  • Make mathematical thinking explicit.
  • Link assessment and teaching.
  • Build understanding through talk.
  • Expect students to take responsibility for their own learning and support them as they do.
  • Work collaboratively with special education staff to plan effective instruction.

These teachers describe how they use whole-group, small-group, and individual instruction as well as other strategies that hold kids to high expectations while scaffolding content and processes across the math curriculum.

In addition, an accompanying DVD presents classroom footage of their teaching and includes the language, dialogue, and teaching moves you'll adapt for success with your students. The DVD also contains teacher interviews that answer difficult questions of practice.

Best of all, with professional learning questions and video analyses, My Kids Can is great for individuals, teacher study groups, staff development, and preservice courses.

Help every child grow as a mathematician. Trust your fellow teachers for instruction that works. Read My Kids Can and use its proven-effective strategies and its professional supports to build on your students' strengths and address their learning needs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325017242
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 414,507
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Storeygard is the editor of the Heinemann title My Kids Can,a coauthor of the Talking Mathematics: Supporting Children's Voices, and a contributor to Children's Voices: Children Talk About Literacy. Judy is a senior research associate at TERC whose work focuses on working with elementary school teachers to support students who struggle with mathematics.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Deborah Schifter viii

Introduction x

Making Mathematics Explicit 1

1 Are We Multiplying or Dividing? Being Explicit in Teaching Mathematics Ana Vaisenstein 5

2 What Comes Next? Being Explicit About Patterns Laura Marlowe 18

3 You Can't Build a Sand Castle on a Classmate's Head: Being Explicit in Kindergarten Math Lisa Seyferth 26

4 Double or Nothing: Guided Math Instruction Michelle Perch 32

5 Focused Instruction on Quick Images: A Guided Math Group Video featuring Michael Flynn Arusha Hollister 38

6 Solving Multiplication Problems: Purposeful Sharing of Strategies Video featuring Heather Straughter Arusha Hollister 43

Linking Assessment and Teaching 47

7 Assessing and Supporting Students to Make Connections: Developing Flexibility with Counting Ana Vaisenstein 51

8 The Pieces Get Skinnier and Skinnier: Assessing Students' Ideas About Fractions Marta Garcia Johnson 60

9 After One Number Is the Next! Assessing a Student's Knowledge of Counting Maureen McCarty 69

10 Assessing and Developing Early Number Concepts: Working with Kristen Anne Marie O'Reilly 77

11 How Many Children Got off the Bus? Assessing Students' Knowledge of Subtraction Video featuring Ana Vaisenstein Arusha Hollister 88

12 Get to 100: Assessing Students' Number Sense Video featuring Michael Flynn Arusha Hollister 93

Building Understanding Through Talk 99

13 What's Another Way to Make 9? Building Understanding Through Math Talk Christina Myren 103

14 Lightbulbs Happen: Making Connections Through Math Talk Nikki Faria-Mitchell 113

15 Talking About Square Numbers: Small-Group Discussion of Multiples and Factors DeeWatson 126

16 Kindergartners Talk About Counting: The Counting Jar Video featuring Lillian Pinet Arusha Hollister 136

17 What Do We Do with the Remainder? Fourth Graders Discuss Division Video Featuring Dee Watson Arusha Hollister 140

Taking Responsibility for Learning 145

18 Becoming a Self-Reliant Learner: The Story of Eliza Kristi Dickey 149

19 Getting "Un-Stuck": Becoming an Independent Learner Mary Kay Archer 158

20 Tasha Becomes a Learner: Helping Students Develop Confidence and Independence Candace Chick 169

Working Collaboratively 181

21 Collaborative Planning: It's More Than One-on-One Michael Flynn 185

22 A Double Dose of Math: Collaborating to Support Student Learning Marta Garcia Johnson 194

23 Planning Guided Math Groups: A Collaboration Between Classroom Teachers and Title 1 Staff John MacDougall Marta Garcia Johnson Karen Joslin 202

References 217

Contributors 221

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