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Transform Your Math Class Using Asset-Based Teaching for Grades 6-12
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Transform Your Math Class Using Asset-Based Teaching for Grades 6-12

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July 2024 | 248 pages | Corwin

Foster a love of mathematics by creating a more inclusive and empowering learning environment through asset-based teaching!

An asset-based perspective on math education means starting with what students already know instead of focusing on what’s missing. This approach elevates student thinking and reasoning skills. In this way, educators acknowledge that all students bring prior experiences, strengths, talents, and resources to the learning process and can contribute meaningfully in an authentic learning environment. Transform Your Math Class Using Asset-Based Teaching for Grades 6-12 provides insight into asset-based perspectives in mathematics education to create an environment where all students feel valued and capable of being doers of mathematics. In the book, Michael Steele and Joleigh Honey highlight the importance of using languageinstructional routines, and systemic structure that positively impact student engagement, their math identity, and ultimately their outcomes.

Providing a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies that can be used to transform math classrooms into inclusive, supportive, and empowering learning environments, this book:

  • Introduces an asset-based perspective that focuses on students' strengths, assets, and potential to learn mathematics
  • Includes a variety of frameworks and tools that teachers can use to build and grow their sense of asset-based perspectives
  • Offers strategies for promoting a growth mindset in mathematics, encouraging productive struggle in math, and promoting equitable math instruction
  • Supports teachers in reflecting on their decisions, self-awareness, and self-management
  • Includes a companion online study guide to support teachers individually or as part of a professional learning community

Adopting asset-based perspectives is about movement over time, not about flipping a switch. This book paves the path for an asset-based journey that ultimately helps to transform our math classrooms and advance all students’ learning and development.

 
Preface
 
Chapter 1: Introduction to an Asset-Based Perspective
 
Part 1: Asset-Based Language
 
Chapter 2: Honoring Student Language While Building Meaningful and Mathematically Accurate Content
 
Chapter 3: Empowering Students through Language
 
Chapter 4: Unpacking and Evolving Our Language
 
Part 2: Asset-Based Routines
 
Chapter 5: What Drives Student-Centered Instruction
 
Chapter 6: Increasing Student Confidence and Engagement Using Asset-Based Instructional Routines
 
Chapter 7: Lesson Routines that Become Practices
 
Part 3: Asset-Based Systems
 
Chapter 8: Structures and Their Impact on Mathematics Learning and Teaching
 
Chapter 9: Enhancing Larger Systemic Structures through Asset-Based Perspectives
 
Chapter 10: Leveraging Strengths Across Our Systems to Advocate for Long-Term Change
 
Epilogue: What Now?

Michael D. Steele

Michael D. Steele is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Educational Studies in Teachers College at Ball State University. He is a Past President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, current director-at-large of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and editor of the journal Mathematics Teacher Educator. A former middle and high school mathematics and science teacher, Dr. Steele has worked with preservice secondary mathematics teachers, practicing teachers, administrators, and doctoral students across the country. He has published several books and research articles focused on supporting mathematics... More About Author

Joleigh Honey

Joleigh Honey is an author and consultant and is in her 30th year as a mathematics educator. She is the Immediate Past-President of the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), serves on the Executive Committee of the Conference Board for Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), and is a current director-at-large of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Joleigh has been a secondary math classroom teacher, academic coach and specialist, PK-12 district and state level mathematics supervisor, and the PK-12 STEM Coordinator and Equity Specialist for the state of Utah.   Joleigh is an author of OpenUp Resources High School... More About Author