Common Core Sense: Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices

Common Core Sense: Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices

by Christine Moynihan

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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:
                G Go for the goals. What are the major purposes of the practice?
                OOpen your eyes & Observe. What should you see students doing as they utilize the
       practice? What should you see yourself doing?
                LListen. What should you hear students saying as they utilize the practice? What should you
      hear yourself saying?
                DDecide what you need to do in order to make the most of the practice.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310521
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

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."

Christine says that she inherited her voracious appetite for reading from her mother. "My favorite genre has been mysteries. I have always loved trying to 'put things together' -- to make connections, to figure out answers to puzzles and dilemmas.

The first of nine siblings, Christine was "in a position of responsibility" and took it very seriously. "I loved to play school with my siblings, and it was fairly well accepted that I would be a teacher. As 'schmaltzy' as it sounds, I wanted to work with children and do something that makes a difference.... I love the idea that I, as a teacher, get to be a companion on the journey of learning. I have always seen it as a challenge to assess where each and every child is in his learning, determine his strengths, and then help set the stage for the next steps in his learning."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Mathematical Practice 1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them 6

Chapter 2 Mathematical Practice 2: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively 22

Chapter 3 Mathematical Practice 3: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others 40

Chapter 4 Mathematical Practice 4: Model with Mathematics 56

Chapter 5 Mathematical Practice 5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically 76

Chapter 6 Mathematical Practice 6: Attend to Precision 94

Chapter 7 Mathematical Practice 7: Look For and Make Use of Structure 110

Chapter 8 Mathematical Practice 8: Look For and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning 126

Chapter 9 Moving Forward 146

References 155

Index 159

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