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?
O – Open your eyes & Observe. What should you see students doing as they utilize the
practice? What should you see yourself doing?
L – Listen. What should you hear students saying as they utilize the practice? What should you
hear yourself saying?
D – Decide 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.
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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
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