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Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had

Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms

Tracy Johnston Zager (author) Elham Kazemi (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9781571109965

Publication Date: Jan 2017

Format: Paperback

While mathematicians describe mathematics as playful, beautiful, creative, and captivating, many students describe maths class as boring, stressful, useless, and humiliating. In Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had, Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making maths class more like mathematics.
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While mathematicians describe mathematics as playful, beautiful, creative, and captivating, many students describe math class as boring, stressful, useless, and humiliating. In Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had, Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making math class more like mathematics.

Tracy spent years observing a diverse set of classrooms in which all students had access to meaningful mathematics. She partnered with teachers who helped students internalize the habits of mind of mathematicians as they grappled with age-appropriate content. From these scores of observations, Tracy selected and analyzed the most revealing, fruitful, thought-provoking examples of teaching and learning to share with you in this book.

Through these vivid stories, you'll gain insight into effective instructional decision making. You'll engage with big concepts and pick up plenty of practical details about how to implement new teaching strategies.

All teachers can move toward increasingly authentic, delightful, robust mathematics teaching and learning for themselves and their students. This important book helps us develop instructional techniques that will make the math classes we teach so much better than the math classes we took.

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Tracy invites you on a journey through this most magnificent book of stories and portraits...This book turns on its head the common misconception of mathematics as a black-and-white discipline and of being good at math as entailing ease, speed, and correctness. You will find it full of color, possibility, puzzles, and delight...let yourself be drawn in."–Elham Kazemi, professor, math education, University of Washington.
Pages 392
Date Published 30 Jan 2017
Publisher Stenhouse Publishers
Subject/s Education   Teaching skills & techniques  
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Breaking the Cycle
  • Chapter 2: What Do Mathematicians Do?
  • Chapter 3: Mathematicians Take Risks
  • Chapter 4: Mathematicians Make Mistakes
  • Chapter 5: Mathematicians Are Precise
  • Chapter 6: Mathematicians Rise to a Challenge
  • Chapter 7: Mathematicians Ask Questions
  • Chapter 8: Mathematicians Connect Ideas
  • Chapter 9: Mathematicians Use Intuition
  • Chapter 10: Mathematicians Reason
  • Chapter 11: Mathematicians Prove
  • Chapter 12: Mathematicians Work Together and Alone
  • Chapter 13: "Favorable Conditions" for All Math Students
  • References
  • Index
Tracy Johnston Zager has worked in many schools over the course of her career, first as a fourth-grade teacher, then as a supervisor of pre-service teachers and their in-service mentors, and currently as a math coach. Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had grew out of Tracy's work in classrooms, where she's most in her element, learning together with teachers and students over time.

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