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Styles and Strategies for Teaching High School Mathematics

Styles and Strategies for Teaching High School Mathematics
21 Techniques for Differentiating Instruction and Assessment

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Learning Styles | Mathematics

March 2014 | 224 pages | Corwin
One key to raising achievement in mathematics is to recognize that all students have preferred styles of thinking and learning. By rotating teaching strategies, you can reach learners through their preferred styles, as well as challenge students to think in other styles. Styles and Strategies for Teaching High School Mathematics provides a set of powerful, research-based strategies to help high school teachers differentiate mathematics instruction and assessment according to their students' learning styles.

Presenting four distinct mathematical learning styles—Mastery, Understanding, Self-Expressive, and Interpersonal—this book offers classroom-tested instructional strategies that can be mixed and matched to reach all learners. Compatible with any curriculum or textbook, the book:

- Explains how the strategies address NCTM process standards and students' learning styles

- Includes step-by-step directions, examples, and planning considerations for each strategy

- Provides reproducible forms for implementing the strategies

- Offers variations and ways to adapt each strategy to meet a variety of instructional demands

With assessment components woven throughout, this invaluable guide helps high school mathematics teachers effectively reach and teach today's adolescents.

About the Authors
Introduction: Building the 21st-Century Mathematics Classroom
1. Mastery Strategies

Convergence Mastery

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating (VKR)


Mental Math Strings

Graduated Difficulty

New American Lecture

2. Understanding Strategies

Reading for Meaning

Compare and Contrast

Concept Attainment

Math Busters: Developing a Mathematical Argument

3. Self-Expressive Strategies

Metaphorical Expression

3-D Viewer (Algebraic, Graphic, Numeric)

Modeling and Experimentation

Inductive Learning

4. Interpersonal Strategies

Reciprocal Learning

Collaborative Summarizing

Game Competition

Paired Learner & Cooperative Learning

5. Multistyle Strategies

Task Rotation

Math Notes

Integrated Math Engagement


"Every mathematics teacher who reads this book will learn new instructional strategies that he or she can easily implement in any classroom. Each strategy is clearly explained with step-by-step instructions. After implementing a few, I couldn't wait to try additional strategies and share them with other teachers."

Kristin Smetana, Mathematics Department Chair
Hinsdale Central High School, IL

"The strategies in this book help mathematics teachers differentiate their classroom instruction. The tips and samples show how these strategies can be used with any level of content, from pre-algebra to calculus."

Linda Kasal Fusco, Mathematics and Science Education Consultant

"For years, math teachers have complained that none of the examples they are shown in workshops have to do with math. This book is a rich response to that. All the examples are about math, and not just basic math. There are examples and how-to ideas for advanced topics. These strategies help any style of learner understand math."

Jody L Hoch, K-12 Director of Mathematics
Rush-Henrietta Central School District, NY

"As a lifelong educator I highly recommend this book as a tool to improve student performance. Its practical approach to teaching mathematics can be easily implemented in the high school classroom. Educators will find these strategies, which are matched to student learning styles, to be a recipe for success."

Elizabeth Fannin, Educational Consultant

"I started reading chapters and couldn't stop! I was very impressed. The procedures given in this book will help to maximize the delivery of instruction by adding specific steps to direct instruction."

Kelly DerzI, Math Specialist
Middle Georgia Resa

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Edward J. Thomas

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... More About Author

John R. Brunsting

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... More About Author

Pam L. Warrick

Pam L. Warrick is a professor in teacher education, an international and national speaker in mathematics education (NCTM, NCSM , SITE and T3). Pam has elementary, middle school, and high school teaching experience in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and with the U.S. Department of Defense in Europe. Her awards include a 1990 State Presidential Excellence in Elementary Mathematics Award, 1991 State Presidential Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Award, and 1992 National Presidential Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Award. She is an author and researcher in the areas of mathematics education, parental involvement, and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412968355