Necessary Conditions

Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation

Math instruction in high school is often something of a grab bag, with schools jumping from curriculum to curriculum, lacking a guiding vision or continuity between years. No wonder so many students conclude, “I’m not a math person.”

Geoff Krall thinks that’s a problem, and he’s devoted his career to fixing it. Necessary Conditions posits for the first time a coherent approach to secondary math pedagogy. Krall identifies three essential elements that will open the door to math for all of your students: academic safety, quality tasks, and effective facilitation.

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Math instruction in high school is often something of a grab bag, with schools jumping from curriculum to curriculum, lacking a guiding vision or continuity between years. No wonder so many students conclude, “I’m not a math person.”

Geoff Krall thinks that’s a problem, and he’s devoted his career to fixing it. Necessary Conditions posits for the first time a coherent approach to secondary math pedagogy. Krall identifies three essential elements that will open the door to math...read more

About the Author(s)

Geoff Krall is a math coach for the New Tech Network, supporting teachers and administrators. He taught high school math in Texas, the last few years of which were under the New Tech model, which emphasizes inquiry, collaboration, communication, and real-world connections.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface: I Keep My Math Everywhere
  • CHAPTER 1: Introduction - Welcome to Math Class
  • ACADEMIC SAFETY
  • CHAPTER 2: Math and the Mathematician
  • CHAPTER 3: Math and Academic Safety
  • QUALITY TASKS
  • CHAPTER 4: Defining Quality Tasks
  • CHAPTER 5: Task Models and Designing, Finding, and Adapting Tasks
  • EFFECTIVE FACILITATION
  • CHAPTER 6: Norms, Structures and Routines
  • CHAPTER 7: Facilitation Within a Task
  • PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
  • CHAPTER 8: Planning the Lesson
  • CHAPTER 9: Problem Solving and Pedagogy
  • CHAPTER 10: Assessment
  • CHAPTER 11: The Physical Environment
  • ZOOMING OUT
  • CHAPTER 12: Structuring the Year
  • CHAPTER 13: Aligning the System, Crafting the Story
  • APPENDICES
  • TASK LIBRARY
  • References
  • Index

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Product Details

Grade Range: 6-12
Media: 368 pp/paper
Published: 11/2018
Item No: 1145
ISBN: 978-1-62531-145-0
Hashtag: #NecessaryConditions

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