Fostering Algebraic Thinking A Guide for Teachers, Grades 6-10

ISBN-10: 0325001545
ISBN-13: 9780325001548
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $31.88
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 4/19/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

This book can be an important tool in our collective effort to improve the quality of mathematics instruction. - Mathematics Teacher Read a sample chapter from Fostering Algebraic Thinking (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)! Fostering Algebraic Thinking is a timely and welcome resource for middle and high school teachers hoping to ease their students' transition to algebra. Drawing on his experiences with three professional development programs, author Mark Driscoll outlines key "habits of thinking" that characterize the successful learning and use of algebra. He offers strategies teachers can use to cultivate these habits of thinking and guidelines for assessing students' development. Fostering Algebraic Thinking is organized according to the critical challenges algebra teachers face. Excerpts from discussions among the classroom teachers who participated in the professional development projects help place these issues in context. Each chapter also includes activities to encourage teachers to reflect on how they think about algebra and how that thinking informs their practice. There are also samples and analyses of student work to help teachers identify patterns of algebraic thinking along with questions and strategies that can be used to guide and extend students' thinking.

Mark Driscoll is the author of Fostering Geometric Thinking (2007) and Fostering Algebraic Thinking (1999) and their professional development companions,The Fostering Geometric Thinking Toolkit (2008) and The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit (2001)-all published by Heinemann. Through Heinemann Professional Development he presents further PD related to math teaching and learning. Mark is Codirector of the Center for Leadership and Learning Communities at Educational Development Center, Inc., where he has directed a range of teacher enhancement, leadership, and materials-development programs. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics (differential geometry) from Washington University in St. Louis and taught mathematics at Logos School, an alternative high school in inner-city St. Louis. He has been a member of the writing team for NCTM's Assessment Standards for School Mathematics and served as Editor of Mathematics Education Leadership, the journal of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, from 2003-2007. Mark has been named the recipient of the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). The award recognizes Mark's contributions to mathematics education over four decades as well as his work at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). He is the coauthor of Fostering Geometric Thinking and its accompanying toolkit, and author of Fostering Algebraic Thinking, the book Mathematics Teacher called "an important tool in our collective effort to improve the quality of mathematics instruction."

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Developing Algebraic Habits of Mind: A Framework for Classroom Questions Aimed at Understanding Student Thinking
Smoothing the Transition to Algebra Through Algorithmic Thinking
Building on Number Sense and Number Theory
Expressing Generalizations About Structure
Expressing Generalizations About Functional Relations
Fostering Symbol Sense
Linking Multiple Representations
Index

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