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The Math Pact, Elementary
Achieving Instructional Coherence Within and Across Grades

Foreword by Robert Q. Berry III and Matt Larson, Featuring Rules That Expire and Other Dos and Don'ts



September 2020 | 208 pages | Corwin

A school-wide solution for students’ mathematics success!

Do you sometimes start to teach a mathematics concept and feel like you’re staring at a sea of bewildered faces? What happens when you discover students previously learned a calculation trick or a mnemonic that has muddied their long-term understanding? When “rules” seem to change from year to year, teacher to teacher, or school to school, mathematics can seem like a disconnected mystery for students. Clear up the confusion with a Mathematics Whole-School Agreement!

Expanded from the highly popular “Rules that Expire” series of NCTM articles, this essential guide leads educators through the collaborative step-by-step process of establishing a coherent and consistent learner-centered and equitable approach to mathematics instruction. Through this work, you will identify, streamline, and become passionate about using clear and consistent mathematical language, notations, representations, rules, and generalizations within and across classrooms and grades. Importantly, you’ll learn to avoid “rules that expire”—tricks that may seem to help students in one grade but hurt in the long run. Features of this book include

·         Abundant grade-specific examples

·         Effective working plans for sustainability

·         Barrier-busting tips, to-dos, and try-it-outs

·         Practical templates and checklists

·         PLC prompts and discussion points

 

When teachers unite across grades, students hit the ground running every year. Take the next step together as a team and help all your students build on existing understanding to find new success and most importantly, love learning and doing mathematics!


 
Foreword by Matthew R. Larson, and Robert Q. Berry III
 
About the Authors
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Chapter 1: Jumping on Board: What is the Mathematics Whole School Agreement?
 
Chapter 2: Watching What We Say! Using Correct and Consistent Language
 
Chapter 3: Symbol Sense is Foundational: Noting the Importance of Precise Notation
 
Chapter 4: Mental Images that Last: Cohesive and Consistent Representations
 
Chapter 5: Why was I Taught That? Evaluating Rules that Expire
 
Chapter 6: Building Generalizations: Developing Instructional Strategies the MWSA Way
 
Chapter 7: Embodying the MWSA in Every Lesson: No Teaching by Telling!
 
Chapter 8: Getting to the Nitty Gritty: Building and Enacting the MWSA
 
Chapter 9: Sharing Successes from the Field: MWSA Heroes Tell their Stories!
 
References
 
Index

"This is the perfect balance of inspiration and practical guidance! The inspiration motivates me to work harder at collaboration with peers, building common commitment. The practical guidance helps me put the ideas into action around what specific changes will improve mathematics teaching and learning."

Lynn Selking
Great Prairie AEA
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Karen S. Karp

Karen S. Karp is a professor in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, she was a professor of mathematics education in the Department of Early and Elementary Childhood Education at the University of Louisville, where she received the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Service Award for a Career of Service. She is a former member of the board of directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and a former president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). She is a member of the author panel for the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide on... More About Author

Barbara J. Dougherty

Barbara J. Dougherty is the past director of the Curriculum Research & Development Group and a professor in the College of Education at theUniversity of Hawai‘i at Mãnoa. She is a former member of the board of directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and is theco-chair of the Mathematics/Special Education Workgroup, a partnership between the NCTM and the Council for Exceptional Children. She servedon the author panel for the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide on assisting elementary school students who have difficulty learning mathematics for the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences. She... More About Author

Sarah B. Bush

Sarah B. Bush, a former middle school mathematics teacher, is a Professor of K-12 STEM Education and program coordinator of the Mathematics Education Ph.D. track at the University of Central Florida where she teaches primarily graduate courses in mathematics education. She is a prolific writer who has authored 12 books and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Bush recently completed a term (2019-2022) as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors. She served as lead writer and task force chair for Catalyzing Change in Middle School Mathematics: Initiating Critical Conversations. Dr. Bush... More About Author

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