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Math Tools, Grades 3-12

60+ Ways to Build Mathematical Practices, Differentiate Instruction, and Increase Student Engagement

By Harvey F. Silver, John R. Brunsting, Terry Walsh, Terry Walsh

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 August 2012
Common Core + Differentiated Instruction + Student Engagement = Higher Student Achievement. If you're like most math teachers, this is a problem you wrestle with every day. Harvey Silver and his colleagues have updated their best-selling text to provide a solution. With new Common Core aligned tools and strategies, this second edition of Math Tools, Grades 3-12 is an all-in-one math classroom management resource that will enable you to teach to the Common Core, differentiate instruction, and keep students engaged all at the same time. Covering everything from lesson design to math-specific learning styles, the second edition's 60+ tools will enable you to: work in smarter, more efficient ways with all of your students, no matter the class size or make up; create standards-based lesson plans, tests, and formative assessments; reach every learner regardless of understanding level or learning style; integrate technology into class time for more engaging math lessons; add in a Common Core matrix, immediately useable reproducibles, and learning-style charts, and you're fully equipped to make the ambitions of the Common Core Math Standards a reality in your classroom.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsPreface: Math Tools: A Cure for the Common CoreIntroduction: A User's Guide to the Second Edition1. Mastery Chapter One Matrix Convergence Mastery Fist Lists and Spiders Glossaries Knowledge Cards Mastery Review Mathematical Conventions Mathematical Summaries Memory Box Mental Math War Most Valuable Point (MVP) Practice Makes Perfect Procedural Notes Vocabulary Knowledge Rating (VKR) Vocabulary Organizers What's Wrong? Word Walls2. Understanding Chapter Two Matrix Always-Sometimes-Never(ASN) Compare & Contrast Concept Attainment Essential Question Notes (EQN) Learning From Clues Making Notes Math Rulebook Pattern Finding Precisely Speaking Ps and Qs Show Me Stake Your Claim Support or Refute Thinking Notes Three-Way Tie Which One Doesn't Belong? Yes, But Why?3. Self-Expressive Chapter Three Matrix 3-D Viewer: Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical And the Question Is Cinquains Create Your Own Divergent Thinking Group and Label M + M: Math and Metaphors Making Up Is Fun to Do Math Recipe Meaning-Full Math Metaphorical Duels Modeling With Algebra Modeling With Manipulatives Picture = 1,000 Words Vocabulary Stories What If?4. Interpersonal Chapter Four Matrix Attention Monitor Explaining Solutions I Know What I Know Math Review Games No Uncertain Terms Paired Learner Peer Coaching Range Finder Real-World Connections Test Feedback What's Your Favorite? Where in the World? Who's Right?5. Mosaic Chapter Five Matrix Assessment Menu Comprehension Menu Math Media Skills Math Notes MATHEMATICS Writing Frames Task RotationReferencesIndex

About the Author

Harvey F. Silver, president of Silver Strong & Associates and Thoughtful Education Press, was named one of the 100 most influential teachers in the country. He has conducted numerous workshops for school districts and state education departments throughout the United States. He was the principal consultant for the Georgia Critical Thinking Skills Program and the Kentucky Thoughtful Education Teacher Leadership Program. Silver is the author of several educational bestsellers, including So Each May Learn: Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences and Teaching Styles and Strategies, both published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Design. With Richard Strong, Silver developed The Thoughtful Classroom-a renowned professional development program based on the commitment to "make students as important as standards." John Brunsting is a mathematics teacher, a staff development specialist, and an author. John serves schools as a teacher and coach as well as a mathematics consultant on practical, style-based tools and strategies. He is a coordinator for Illinois Advanced Placement Institutes and cofounder of Mathematics & Technology Institutes, teacher training organizations committed to the instructional excellence of teachers. Previously an AP Calculus Exam Committee member, John coauthored Preparing for the AP Calculus Examination (2006). In 2008, John coauthored the best-selling Math Tools, Grades 3-12: 64 Ways to Differentiate Instruction and Increase Student Engagement. He has presented at national and international conferences for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Japan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (JASCD), Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3), and the International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE). Terry Walsh has been a mathematics trainer and consultant for nearly 20 years. After retiring from math and administrative positions in two suburban Chicago high schools, In addition to developing Thoughtful Classroom strategies, Terry was one of the founding editor's of the EightySomething! graphing calculator newsletter. He not only used the strategies in this book in his own classes, he has worked with teachers across the country to help them do the same. He has also incorporated ideas from Math Tools into a variety of Pre-AP Mathematics workshops that he has been leading for the College Board. Terry has led Pre-AP Math and Learning Styles workshops across the U.S as well as in Europe. He has presented at international, national, state, and local mathematics conferences sponsored by such organizations as NCTM, the Illinois and Colorado Councils of Teachers of Mathematics, Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3), and the metropolitan Math Club of Chicago (MMC). After "retirement", Terry moved to Colorado. His commitment to educating students and his love of Mathematics brought Terry back into schools-first as the Secondary Math Instructional Coach for Fort Lupton schools and then as a Principal of a secondary charter school. Terry now actively consults with both pre-service and experienced teachers throughout the country to help them incorporate effective mathematics strategies in their classes in order to increase student learning. You can contact him at: Consulting Description Edward J. Thomas is founder and president of Dimension 2000, a professional development organization that works with teachers of mathematics. He has over 30 years of experience as a mathematics teacher at the middle school, high school, district, and undergraduate levels. Edward has authored several articles and books on mathematics instruction and has developed a number of educational games for the mathematics classroom. He was the co-chair of the Northwest Georgia P-16 Council, an initiative designed to improve teacher quality and student achievement from pre-school through the undergraduate level. Edward is an experienced mathematics consultant who has conducted workshops for schools throughout the country. He has also presented at state, regional, and national conferences for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), Georgia Middle School Association (GMSA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). To learn more about Thomas' MATHCORE 2K, an online professional development resource produced by Dimension 2000, visit


"I was hooked within the first 30 pages! Ideas were racing through my mind-I'm excited to blog about it and use it in the classroom. Applies to teachers of all ages-a lot of solid explanations for newbies but still full of resources that any teachers can use or modify. Any book that makes me think, and especially think about improving my practice, is definitely a worthwhile investment. Invest in yourself!" -- Elissa Miller, High School Math Teacher and Blogger

EAN: 9781452261393
ISBN: 1452261393
Publisher: Corwin Publishers
Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.5 x 1.8 centimetres (0.73 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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