Upper Elementary Math Lessons: Case Studies of Real Teaching
Upper Elementary Math Lessons: Case Studies of Real Teaching

Upper Elementary Math Lessons: Case Studies of Real Teaching

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Overview

Engaging students in worthwhile learning requires more than a knowledge of underlying principles of good teaching. It demands considerable practice as well as images of what good teaching in particular situations and for particular purposes might look like. This volume provides these images. These cases were written from authentic, unrehearsed lessons taught by upper-elementary classroom teachers to diverse groups of real students in intact classrooms. Each lesson contains elements of sound instructional practice from which both preservice and in-service teachers can benefit. Cases are not meant to be ideal, but rather to evoke ways of seeing and thinking about good classroom instruction for all learners. Accompanied by analytic commentaries from experts representing a particular perspective, such as special education and ESOL, these unrehearsed cases are written with the understanding that teaching is complex and multi-dimensional. The cases are drawn from a four-year study of 4th and 5th grade mathematics instruction of culturally diverse classrooms with relatively high rates of students from low-income families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442211964
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anna O. Graeber is Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland, with her doctorate in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to teaching at the University of Maryland, she served in various mathematics curriculum and staff development positions at Research for Better Schools, a regional educational laboratory in Philadelphia. She is best known for her research on students' misconceptions in mathematics. Linda Valli is the inaugural Jeffrey & David Mullan Professor of Teacher Education and Professional Development in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Maryland. Her Ph.D. is from the Department of Education Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she developed her interests in educational inequalities and critical theory. She has used cases in her own teaching and conducts research on learning to teach, professional development, culturally-responsive teaching, and education policy. Kristie Jones Newton is assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology in Education at Temple University whose research and teaching focuses on mathematics education. As a graduate student at the University of Maryland, she participated extensively in the development and conduct of the High-Quality Teaching study, contributed significantly to the selection and writing of the cases, piloted the cases in her undergraduate math methods class, and wrote commentaries for the Facilitator's Guide.

Table of Contents

Preface
Alternative Thematic Frameworks
Introduction
Part I: The Teaching of Mathematics - Lesson Cases
Case 1: Promoting One of the Meanings of Multiplication: Requesting Alternate Methods in Order to Foster Understanding
Case 2: Fractions, Decimals and Percents: Evoking Student Reasoning
Commentary: A Teacher Educator Perspective
Case 3: Getting a Sense of Grams: Building Conceptual Understanding
Commentary: A Teacher Educator Perspective
Case 4: Converting Among Customary Units of Measure: Attending to Students' Developmental Levels
Commentary: A Teacher's Perspective
Case 5: Converting Units Within a System of Measurement: Encouraging Resourcefulness
Commentary: An English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Perspective
Case 6: Distinguishing Between Area and Perimeter: Using Multiple Representations to Aid Discrimination
Case 7: Exploring the Meanings of "Volume": Recognizing a Word's Everyday Meaning and its Mathematical Meaning
Commentary: An English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Perspective
Commentary: A Teacher's Perspective
Case 8: The Importance of Sample Size: Posing High Level Questions to Build Understanding
Commentary: A Teacher's Perspective
Case 9: Continuous versus Discrete Data: Using Concept Attainment to Define Mathematical Terms

Part II: Perspectives on Teaching - Commentaries
Learner-Centered Psychological Principles
Moral Perspectives on Teaching
Perspective from the Special Education Math Literature
A Principal's Perspective

References
List of Contributors

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