|A teeny tiny fraction of the professional books I have collected! |
How many HUNDRED do YOU have?
So...today I'd like to highlight the following--great for administrators wanting to help implement change but especially for classroom teachers:
|Published by Teachers College Press, 2009|
This book is a nice starting point for teachers/grade levels that want to begin looking at better ways to formulate questions for students--essentially how to take questions and make them push for higher level math. The chapters are organized by math concept...number and operations, geometry, measurement, and so on. Within each chapter are a variety of ways to differentiate instruction--and are separated by grade level bands preK-2, 3-5, and 6-8. The text focuses on how to write open ended questions and "parallel tasks" to raise the level of rigor in the classroom. A great deal of information about math, misconceptions, and "teaching tips" occur throughout. "Big Ideas" in math are stressed and clearly articulated.
Here are a few examples of how the text is asking teachers to reframe their thinking about math questioning or to work with more "open-ended" questioning:
"Traditional model": What number has 3 hundreds, 2 tens, 2 thousands, and 4 ones?
"Reframed" question: You can model a number with 11 base ten blocks. What could the number be?
"Show that the product of two numbers can sometimes be greater than the quotient and sometimes less."
The author has filled the text with concrete examples that can open up great discussions for staff development or can be used as a jumping off point for teachers wanting to make some changes in their instruction. I got a lot out of it--thought you might too! Let me know your thoughts...and I'd love to hear about some of your favorite professional resources! Happy 2013!