Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It

Marian Small has written the kind of book teachers will keep on their closest shelf as they explore and return to the big ideas of mathematics. In her new resource, Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It, Marian brings the support and insight teachers need to teach math with clarity and confidence.

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Your Guide to the Big Ideas of Mathematics

In her new resource, Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It, Small brings the support and insight teachers need to be able to teach math with clarity and confidence. With this new resource, new and experienced teachers alike will:

  • focus on the big ideas and practices in mathematics, deepening your own understanding and content knowledge
  • learn how to teach those big ideas using a student-centered, problem-solving approach
  • anticipate student thinking and explore effective tools, models, and rich mathematical questions that nudge student thinking forward.

This readable and relatable resource will give you a well-founded base of mathematical knowledge, leading to better math instruction that will capture your students’ interest. It is sure to become a trusted treasure you return to again and again.


About the Author(s)

Marian Small is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She has been a professor of mathematics education and worked in the field for close to 40 years. Dr. Small is a regular speaker on K–12 mathematics throughout Canada and around the world. Her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include and extend all students by appropriately differentiating instruction, and to focus on critical thinking and creativity. 


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: How Students Learn Math and What Math We Want Them to Learn
Chapter 2: Focusing Instruction on Big Ideas and Mathematical Processes
Chapter 3: Assessment and Evaluation
Chapter 4: Planning Instruction
Chapter 5: Early Number
Chapter 6: Early Operations
Chapter 7: Developing Fact Fluency
Chapter 8: Representing Larger Whole Numbers
Chapter 9: Estimation and Calculation Strategies with Larger Whole Numbers
Chapter 10: Fractions
Chapter 11: Decimals
Chapter 12: Ratio and Proportion
Chapter 13: Extending the Number System to Negative and Irrational Numbers
Chapter 14: Patterns and Algebra
Chapter 15: 3-D and 2-D Shapes
Chapter 16: Location and Movement
Chapter 17: The Nature of Measurement, with a Focus on Length and Area5
Chapter 18: Volume, Mass, Time, and Angles
Chapter 19: Data
Chapter 20: Probability


Product Details

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Media: 648 pp/pages
Year: 2019
Item No: 1335
ISBN: 978-1-62531-335-5
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Hashtag: #TheMathWeTeach