Teaching Mathematics Vocabulary in Context: Windows, Doors, and Secret Passageways / Edition 1

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Overview

As Miki Murray proves, mathematics vocabulary has the power to enhance the conceptual learning of mathematics for middle school students. It's an essential tool to help them to express their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers and teachers, to share problem-solving techniques, to gain confidence, and to participate in classroom discourse. Murray offers a range of strategies that highlight the important role language plays in the learning of math. Grounded in research and developed from more than 40 years of teaching, reflecting, and learning, Murray's proven strategies are immediately usable or adaptable by teachers.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Teaching Mathematics Vocabulary in Context is a book about one teacher's quest to connect students to mathematics in a dynamic but personal way. Giving students ownership of a language in which to express powerful ideas increases their confidence in themselves as doers of mathematics. Murray's book is chock full of teacher wisdom and examples of students' work and ideas. Any teacher at any experience level will find this book a real gem of both inspiration and practical classroom suggestions.”–Glenda Lappan, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Mathematics, Michigan State University

“Miki Murray is one of my family's heroes: she is the gifted teacher who opened up the world - and words - of mathematics to my adolescent daughter. Her methods are both inspired and rigorously grounded. This book captures Miki's methodology and more - it illustrates how the power of language helped her fortunate middle school students become mathematical thinkers, then mathematicians.”–Nancie Atwell, Author of In the Middle and Lessons That Change Writers, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, Maine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006345
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Miki (Mabelle) Murray is the coauthor or author of the popular Heinemann titles The Differentiated Math Classroom (2007) and Teaching Mathematics Vocabulary in Context (2004). In a thirty-five year career in mathematics education, she taught for more than twenty-five years, including time at Maine 's Center for Teaching and Learning, and was a professional development provider for another ten. Although now retired from the classroom, she continues to help teachers and students learn, love, and become literate in mathematics. She is a Heinemann Professional Development provider.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Study Vocabulary in Math Class?

Establishing the Role of Mathematics Vocabulary

Setting the Stage

Speaking Mathematics

What About Deliberate Vocabulary Work?

Pushing the Vocabulary: Going for Breadth and Depth Through Writing

Problem Solving Write-Ups

Mathematical Reflections

Expanding Vocabulary with Journals and Homework

Self-Assessment as a Vocabulary Development Tool

Mathematics Vocabulary: A Focus for Writing

The Vocabulary Aftermath

Creating Mathematics Poetry

Putting Vocabulary Learning Strategies Into Context

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