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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Book - Common Core Sense: Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices

How can you tap the power of the Mathematical Practices? 
"Common Core Sense provides a practical framework for incorporating the Practices into daily instruction for grades K-5, defining the goals, describing what proficient students often say and do, and recommending actions teachers can take to make each practice a powerful part of their math classrooms." continues Stenhouse Publishers.

The Standards for Mathematical Practice provide an excellent foundation for encouraging students to think, reason, and persevere like mathematicians. Many elementary school teachers, however, face a challenge unpacking these practices and figuring out how to implement them in their classrooms.

Christine Moynihan wrote Common Core Sense: Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices with the goal of making the practices more explicit, learnable, and accessible. Moynihan shows what each practice might look, sound, and feel like in the classroom using the four-part GOLD framework:

This timely text devotes one chapter to each practice. The consistent framework of the book, similar in structure to Moynihan's Math Sense, provides an easy way to learn, assess, and deepen your own understanding of each practice—to mine the GOLD.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Mathematical Practice 1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them
Chapter 2: Mathematical Practice 2: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively
Chapter 3: Mathematical Practice 3: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others
Chapter 4: Mathematical Practice 4: Model with Mathematics
Chapter 5: Mathematical Practice 5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
Chapter 6: Mathematical Practice 6: Attend to Precision
Chapter 7: Mathematical Practice 7: Look For and Make Use of Structure
Chapter 8: Mathematical Practice 8: Look For and Express Regularity and Repeated Reasoning
Chapter 9: Moving Forward

Preview the entire book online!

About 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.

When Christine was in fifth grade, her family moved to Florida from the Boston area. "We did a lot together, and my family bond grew even stronger," she remembers. She had always been a good student in all areas because she was great at memorizing. In seventh grade she was chosen for a "select new math" program of studies, where students learned about set theory; she did well because she was facile at memorizing rules, theorems, and procedures. "But even then I wanted to know more -- I wanted to know why things worked mathematically and how ideas and concepts were connected to each other and to the procedures. My father was an engineer and he loved my 'why' questions and helped me gain a conceptual understanding that has stood me in good stead, both as a student and as a teacher." 
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Additional resources 
Download the Study Guide (PDF)

Source: Stenhouse Publishers and Education Week