This invaluable resource provides teachers with the tools they need to facilitate mathematical discourse and create opportunities for students to think constructively, communicate effectively, and increase mathematics proficiency. This book will help teachers develop a new set of pedagogical skills and strategies to assess, plan, and organize their classrooms in a manner that is conducive to mathematical discourse. With helpful tips and strategies that are easy to implement, this standards-based book supports an equitable learning environment by encouraging active listening, clear communication, justification of perspective, and acknowledgement of students' experiences. Each chapter includes Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning strategies to address cultural norms for diverse populations, and support the needs of English language learners. With tips for implementing Math Talks and Number Talks, this resource will get students thinking like mathematicians in no time.
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...This book is like a recipe to how to use any publisher program, material, resource, or math tasks lifted off the web with depth. How to facilitate discourse with students. Ideas and strategies any teacher can implement into his or her classroom starting tomorrow...Every school and every teacher needs this book! - Math Coach and Consultant
Barbara Blanke, Ph.D., is a teacher, teacher educator, and an enthusiastic advocate for mathematics education. After teaching 25 years in K-12 classrooms and earning her Ph.D., she became a pre-service and in-service teacher educator for Cal Poly’s School of Education. Currently, she is an international educational consultant and speaker, providing professional learning workshops and on-site coaching for teachers, coaches, and administrators. Her major research interest has been studying how teachers effectively promote student-to-student discourse in their K-12 classrooms. She advocates that the whole school community can deeply understand the beauty of mathematics when working together as a cohesive team that can produce passionate life-long mathematicians. She currently lives in San Luis Obispo, CA, with her husband Dan, and their two golden retrievers, Ellie and Kala.