Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had

Ideas and Strategies from Vibrant Classrooms

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.

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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 with highly skilled math teachers in a diverse range of settings and grades. You’ll find this book jam-packed with new thinking from these vibrant classro...read more

Readers, be warned: you are about to fall in love.

Tracy writes, “Good math teaching begins with us.” With those six words, she 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

About the Author(s)

Tracy 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.

Table of Contents

  • 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

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Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Media: 392 pp/paper
Published: 01/2017
Item No: WEB-0996
ISBN: 978-1-57110-996-5
Hashtag: #BecomingMath

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