Books · Math · Teaching

Good Questions

Title: Good Questions

Author: Marian Small
Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction in the Standards-Based Classroom
Publisher: Teachers College Press | English | 2017 | ISBN: 080775854X | 176 pages

Now in its third edition, this bestselling resource provides tools to help experienced and novice teachers effectively and efficiently differentiate mathematics instruction in grades K-8. Math education expert Marian Small shows teachers how to get started and become expert at using two powerful and universal strategies: Open Questions and Parallel Tasks. This volume includes key changes that will make it easier for teachers to use in all quality state standards environments, including direct links to Common Core content standards and standards for mathematical practice. Classroom examples, many new for this edition, are provided at each grade band: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Along with each example, the text describes how teachers can evoke productive conversations that meet the needs of a broad range of learners.

Teaching Mathematical Thinking: Tasks and Questions to Strengthen Practices and Processes
Title: Teaching Mathematical Thinking

Author: Marian Small

Publisher: Teachers College Press | English | 2017 | ISBN: 0807758566 | 144 pages
Books · Mobile · Social Media · Teaching

Kids on YouTube

Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital LiteraciesTitle: Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies

Author:  Patricia G. Lange
English | March 17, 2014 | ISBN: 1611329361 | 273 Pages

The mall is so old school – these days kids are hanging out on YouTube, and depending on whom you ask, they’re either forging the digital frontier or frittering away their childhoods in anti-intellectual solipsism. Kids on YouTube cuts through the hype, going behind the scenes to understand kids’ everyday engagement with new media. Debunking the stereotype of the self-taught computer whiz, new media scholar and filmmaker Patricia G. Lange describes the collaborative social networks kids use to negotiate identity and develop digital literacy on the ‘Tube. Her long-term ethnographic studies also cover peer-based and family-driven video-making dynamics, girl geeks, civic engagement, and representational ethics. This book makes key contributions to new media studies, communication, science and technology studies, digital anthropology, and informal education.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

On Mutant Pedagogies

Title: On Mutant Pedagogies

Author: Stephanie Jones
English | 2016 | ISBN: 9463007423 | 238 Pages

On Mutant Pedagogies: Seeking Justice and Drawing Change in Teacher Education
This ground-breaking book on pedagogy, research, and philosophy in teacher education expands the imagination of justice-oriented education and arts-based scholarship.
Demonstrating through pedagogy, method, and form that we have more power than we think and dont have to repeat what has been handed down to us, the creators critique the restrictions of traditional teacher education and academic discourse. This critique prompts a move outward into unpredictable spaces of encounter where a maybe world might be lived in education. In this way, Jones and Woglom dont make the case for a certain kind of pedagogy or scholarly inquiry that might be repeated, but rather they invite educators and researchers to take seriously the philosophical ideas of Deleuze, Guattari, Barad, and others who argue that humans are in a constant aesthetic process of becoming with other humans, non-human life, and the material world around them. Thus, education “ even teacher education “ is not about reaching an already known end goal, but growing and changing through multiple ways of being and perceiving in the world. The authors call this mutant pedagogies and show one ethical path of mutating.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Teaching That Matters

Title: Teaching That Matters: Engaging Minds, Improving Schools
Author: Frank Thoms

Teaching That Matters: Engaging Minds, Improving Schools

English | ISBN: 1475814127, 1475814135 | 2014 | 208 pages

Teaching that Matters invites principals and teachers to make changes that will allow all students to succeed. Thoms urges administrators and teachers to reconsider traditional practices in light of today’s media-driven culture and digitally wired students. While sensitive to the challenges schools face Thoms is relentless in offering strategies to meet these challenges. Rather than focus on improving test scores, Teaching that Matters advocates that teachers teach to a child’s whole symphony, not only to one note. If students only learn to succeed on bubble tests, they will not have opportunities to discover their true potential. Thoms sees the teaching process as a joint venture between teacher and student where the teacher brings learning to the student and, at the same time, brings the student to the learning. This process demands at least as much listening as talking, a new habit that teachers and principals need to learn. By meeting innovative principals and teachers who engage students, this book will help you to learn to change traditional classroom practices into exciting alternatives.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Teaching Backwards

Outstanding Teaching, Teaching BackwardsTitle: Teaching Backwards

Authors: Andy Griffiths, Mark Burns
English | 2014 | ISBN: 1845909291 | 200 Pages

In an era when schools and teachers often seem to operate at one hundred miles an hour, Outstanding Teaching: Teaching Backwards offers a more reflective and measured approach to teaching and learning. Where many teachers focus on delivering content in a linear fashion, those who teach backwards start with the end in mind.

This means that they know in advance what levels of knowledge, attitude, skills and habits they expect their learners to achieve, they define and demystify ambitious goals, and they establish their students’ starting points before they start to plan and teach. Teaching Backwards ensures that learners consistently make great progress over time, and offers a practical, hands-on manual for teachers to further develop their attitudes, skills and habits of excellence both for themselves and for their learners.

Books · Gamification · Math · Teaching

Mathematics Education for a New Era

Title: Mathematics Education for a New Era

Author: Guy Keith Devlin

English | 2011 | ISBN-10: 1568814313 | 218 pages
Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning

Stanford mathematician and NPR Math Guy Keith Devlin explains why, fun aside, video games are the ideal medium to teach middle-school math.
Aimed primarily at teachers and education researchers, but also of interest to game developers who want to produce video games for mathematics education, Mathematics Education for a New Era: Video Games as a Medium for Learning describes exactly what is involved in designing and producing successful math educational video games that foster the innovative mathematical thinking skills necessary for success in a global economy.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Research · Springer · Teaching

Collaboration and Technology

Collaboration and Technology: 22nd International ConferenceTitle: Collaboration and Technology

Author: Takaya Yuizono
English | 2016 | ISBN: 331944798X | 177 Pages
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Collaboration and Technology, CRIWG 2016, held in Kanazawa, Japan, in September 2016.
The 10 revised full papers presented together with 3 work-in-progress papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 27 submissions. The papers reflect the current diversity of collaborative computing research and its evolution and deal with topics such as group support, AR and 3D technology, wearable technology, intercultural collaboration, remote physical tasks, recommendation systems, collaborative learning, and health support.
Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Work Hard, Be Nice

Title: Work Hard, Be Nice

Author: Jay Matthews
English | January 20, 2009 | ISBN: 1565125169 | 329 pages

Work Hard. Be Nice.: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America
When Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin signed up for Teach for America right after college and found themselves utter failures in the classroom, they vowed to remake themselves into superior educators. They did that”and more. In their early twenties, by sheer force of talent and determination never to take no for an answer, they created a wildly successful fifth-grade experience that would grow into the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), which today includes sixty-six schools in nineteen states and the District of Columbia.

KIPP schools incorporate what Feinberg and Levin learned from America’s best, most charismatic teachers: lessons need to be lively; school days need to be longer (the KIPP day is nine and a half hours); the completion of homework has to be sacrosanct (KIPP teachers are available by telephone day and night). Chants, songs, and slogans such as “Work hard, be nice” energize the program. Illuminating the ups and downs of the KIPP founders and their students, Mathews gives us something quite rare: a hopeful book about education.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Education and Learning

Title: Education and Learning

Authors: Jane Mellanby and Katy Theobald

English | 2014 | ISBN: 1118454103 , 1118483618 | 440 pages

Education and Learning: An Evidence-based Approach (repost)

Education and Learning offers an accessible introduction to the most recent evidence-based research results into teaching, learning, and our education system.

Presents a wide range references for both seminal and contemporary research into learning and teaching
Examines the evidence around topical issues such as the impact of Academies and Free Schools on student attainment and the strong international performance of other countries
Looks at evidence-based differences in the attainment of students from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and explores the strong international performance of Finnish and East Asian students
Provides accessible explanations of key studies that are supplemented with real-life case examples

Books · Educational Philosophy · Math · Teaching

Visible Learning for Mathematics

Title: Visible Learning for Mathematics (Corwin Mathematics Series)

Authors: John Hattie, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Linda M. Gojak, Sara Delano Moore, William L. Mellman
September 30, 2016 | ISBN: 150636294X | English | 304 pages
Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12: What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning

Rich tasks, collaborative work, number talks, problem-based learning, direct instruction…with so many possible approaches, how do we know which ones work the best? In Visible Learning for Mathematics, six acclaimed educators assert it’s not about which one—it’s about when—and show you how to design high-impact instruction so all students demonstrate more than a year’s worth of mathematics learning for a year spent in school.

That’s a high bar, but with the amazing K-12 framework here, you choose the right approach at the right time, depending upon where learners are within three phases of learning: surface, deep, and transfer. This results in “visible” learning because the
effect is tangible. The framework is forged out of current research in mathematics combined with John Hattie’s synthesis of more than 15 years of education research involving 300 million students.Chapter by chapter, and equipped with video clips, planning tools, rubrics, and templates, you get the inside track on which instructional strategies to use at each phase of the learning cycle:Surface learning phase: When—through carefully constructed experiences—students explore new concepts and make connections to procedural skills and vocabulary that give shape to developing conceptual understandings.

Deep learning phase: When—through the solving of rich high-cognitive tasks and rigorous discussion—students make connections among conceptual ideas, form mathematical generalizations, and apply and practice procedural skills with fluency.

Transfer phase: When students can independently think through more complex mathematics, and can plan, investigate, and elaborate as they apply what they know to new mathematical situations.To equip students for higher-level mathematics learning, we have to be clear about where students are, where they need to go, and what it looks like when they get there. Visible Learning for Math brings about powerful, precision teaching for K-12 through intentionally designed guided, collaborative, and independent learning.

Teaching Math with Google Apps: 50 G Suite Activities

Title: Teaching Math with Google Apps

Authors: Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1946444049 | 138 pages

“Why do I need to know how to do math when I can find the answer on my phone?”

If you’ve ever heard a variation of that question from your students—or asked it yourself—this book is for you. Bringing technology into the classroom is about so much more than replacing overhead projectors and chalkboards with Smart Boards. Unfortunately, as Stanford Professor Jo Boaler says, “We are in the twenty-first century, but visitors to many math classrooms could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time and walked into the Victorian era.” But that’s all about to change . . .

In Teaching Math with Google Apps, author-educators Alice Keeler and Diana Herrington reveal more than 50 ways teachers can use technology in math classes. The goal isn’t using tech for tech’s sake; rather, it’s to help students develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to apply mathematical concepts to real life.

Memorization and speed tests seem irrelevant to students who can find the solution to almost any math problem with a tap of the finger. But today’s digital tools allow teachers to make math relevant. Specifically, Google Apps give teachers the opportunity to interact with students in more meaningful ways than ever before, and G Suite empowers students to stretch their thinking and their creativity as they collaborate, explore, and learn.

  • Teaching Math with Google Apps shows you how to:Create engaging activities that make math relevant to your students.
  • Interact with students throughout the learning process
  • Spend less time repeating instructions and grading work
  • Improve your lessons so you can better meet your students’ needs

Packed with lesson ideas, links to downloadable templates, step-by-step instructions, and resources, Teaching Math with Google Apps equips you to bring your math class into the twenty-first century with easy-to-use technology. What are you waiting for?