Saturday, August 23, 2014

Math Books That Will Change Your Life Blog Hop!

So...even though my giveaway POSTS are finished, don't forget there are still a few days left to go read the posts and enter the raffles.  Need something to keep you occupied while you wait for the winners to be announced?  I thought so!

I have paired up with some GREAT math bloggers to share some of our very favorite professional books to help guide our math instruction.  One of the bloggers has organized this fantastic blog "hop" to introduce you to these great texts.  The best part?  Each of these bloggers is GIVING AWAY a copy of their featured book!  That's right...stop by EACH blog to learn about a book and enter to win it.  You could get your bedside table stacked full without even leaving your keyboard!

Here's all you have to do...check out MY post first and then follow the button below to visit "Live, Love, Math" to see what she has to share!  Visit all the blogs and add some great texts to your reading list.

So what did I choose as MY book?

Why?  Because I think this book is the PERFECT book for someone wanting to make a shift in how they structure their math time and math instruction.  It is easy to read, applicable for intermediate and middle school, and gives great real-world examples of how to make some shifts in what you do.  One of my favorite parts of the book?  Each chapter has a "Yeah but" section where Hoffer counters all the arguments for why something won't/can't/didn't work!  I love it!

So...take a peek at a few little excerpts from the text and see if you can get a feel for what this book is all about.  If you agree, I bet this is the book for you.  See what you think.

"Students are capable of brilliance."

"Understanding takes time."

"There is more than one way."

The book focuses on the four key aspects of a math workshop.  I am hanging this sign in the math area of my room this year--for the students AND for me!  When planning my lessons this year, I am really striving to keep these features in mind.
The book covers everything from how crucial it is to build community in the classroom to create a climate for risk taking, ideas for structuring your time, how to make good use of student work time, the critical nature of discourse, and more.  The appendix even has a set of high quality problems to use as you dig into a workshop model in your classroom.
Want to look at it more closely?  Here's a link.  Want to WIN a copy?  Enter the rafflecopter below!  It's super easy...and the best way to get entries?  Leave a comment below about a GREAT professional book that has changed YOUR teaching!

Ready to move to the next stop?  Click the button below to see what is in store for you!
Live. Love. Math.


  1. This book has been on my wishlist all year and I came dangerously close to buying today! Now, I'll just have a wait a little longer...

  2. "The Book Whisperer". Love all of her ideas.

  3. I feel like I am better at doing math workshop with younger students and I need some help with older students. This looks like a book that will give me some fresh ideas! Thanks for sharing

    The Math Maniac

  4. This looks like a wonderful resource! I will be sharing it with a junior high teacher who just asked about guided math/math workshop for middle school. Thanks so much for sharing...


  5. You just made me really wish that I taught math! I am going to refer my partner teachers to this blog hop. Thank you!

    Fit to be Fourth

  6. Such a great book, Meg! Can't wait to share the blog post with my teachers!

    Jamie aka MissMathDork!

  7. How the Brain Learns Mathematics.... very insightful

  8. Teaching Student Centered Mathematics!

  9. Thanks for sharing this book. This is the first time that I saw it and I am a fan of products from Heinemann. I'm glad that you mentioned there was a "Yeah But" section in each of the chapters. This is a critical yet very real component of our lives as educators. I want to add this book to my collection so that I can reference it as well. Thanks again.

    Mr Elementary Math Blog

  10. After many years of being away from teaching Math I am looking for professional guidance. This book looks like a good one to help me on my way.

  11. Looks like a great book! I'm adding it to my wish list - which grows longer every day. :) One book that has changed me professionally is Teach Like a Champion.

    Little Room Under the Stairs

  12. I am so glad to see a math workshop approach being used in the upper grades. I hate when I feel like everything that's been good in the lower grades is just thrown out in the upper grades. I can't wait to read this book!
    The Research Based Classroom

  13. I loved The Book Whisperer! That made a huge difference in my approach to reading. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  14. Susan O'Connell's Now I Get It! and Mastering the Basic Math Facts. Also, the Young Mathematicians at Work by Fosnot and Dolk are extraordinary reads - they are the math Fountas and Pinnell :)

  15. Your book looks like one I should pick up or see if our professional library has available. The book I really got a lot out of last year was Eyes On Math: A Visual Approach by Marian Small. The book provides engaging, full-color graphics and pictures with text showing teachers how to use each image to stimulate mathematical teaching conversations around key K-8 concepts. You can download the images for projection onto classroom white boards or screens. The questions and answers will help both students and teachers look more deeply and see the math behind the math!

  16. I like the book How to Teach Like a Pirate.