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Math Sense

The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction

Christine Moynihan

How is that you can walk into a classroom and gain an overall sense of the quality of math instruction taking place there? What contributes to getting that sense? In Math Sense, Chris Moynihan explores some of the components that comprise the look, sound, and feel of effective teaching and learning.


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Product Details

  • Author: Christine Moynihan
  • ISBN: 978-157110-942-2
  • Year: 2012
  • Media: 144 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-5
  • Item No: WEB-0942

How is that you can walk into a classroom and gain an overall sense of the quality of math instruction taking place there? What contributes to getting that sense? In Math Sense, Chris Moynihan explores some of the components that comprise the look, sound, and feel of effective teaching and learning. Does the landscape of the classroom feature such items as student work samples, a math literature collection, and a number line? Do the lessons include wait time, checks for understanding, and written feedback? Do you feel a spirit of collaboration, risk taking, and a sense of pride?

In Math Sense, Chris provides a series of self-assessment rubrics to help you identify the earmarks of a vibrant mathematics community that will help inform and refine your practice. This practical guide offers a road map for taking stock of your teaching and building a stronger mathematics classroom environment for you and your students.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: What Is Mathematics?
Chapter 2: The Look of the Landscape
Chapter 3: The Look of the Lesson: Teachers
Chapter 4: The Look of the Lesson: Students
Chapter 5: The Sound of the Lesson
Chapter 6: The Feel of It All
Chapter 7: Putting It Together
Appendix: Self-Assessments
References
Index

About the Author

Christine Moynihan
Christine Moynihan has been a classroom teacher in K-6 classrooms, a mathematics curriculum specialist, and an elementary school principal in Newton, Massachusetts. She is currently a consultant who works with schools and districts to assist them in improving their quality of education. >more

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