NCTM's Process Standards were designed to support teaching that helps children develop independent, effective mathematical thinking. The books in the Heinemann Math Process Standards Series give every elementary teacher the opportunity to explore each one of the standards in depth. And with language and examples that don't require prior math training to understand, the series offers friendly, reassuring advice to any teacher preparing to embrace the Process Standards.
In Introduction to Reasoning and Proof, Karren Shultz-Ferrell, Brenda Hammond, and Josepha Roblesfamiliarize you with ways to help students explore their reasoning and support their mathematical thinking. They offer an array of entry points for understanding, planning, and teaching, including strategies that help students develop strong mathematical reasoning and construct solid justifications for their thinking. Full of activities that are modifiable for immediate use with students of all levels and written by veteran teachers for teachers of every level of experience, Introduction to Reasoning and Proof highlights the importance of encouraging children to describe their reasoning about mathematical activities, while also recommending ways to question students about their conclusions and their thought processes in ways that help support classroom-wide learning.
Best of all, like all the titles in the Math Process Standards Series, Introduction to Reasoning and Proof comes with two powerful tools to help you get started and plan well: a CD-ROM with activities customizable to match your lessons and a correlation guide that helps you match mathematical content with the processes it utilizes.
If your students could benefit from more opportunities to explain their reasoning about math concepts. Or if you're simply looking for new ways to work the reasoning and proof standards into your curriculum, read, dog-ear, and teach with Introduction to Reasoning and Proof. And if you'd like to learn about any of NCTM's process standards, or if you're looking for new, classroom-tested ways to address them in your math teaching, look no further than Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. You'll find them explained in the most understandable and practical way: from one teacher to another.
About the Author
Susan O'Connell has decades of experience supporting teachers in making sense of mathematics and effectively shifting how they teach. As a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, and math coach, Sue knows what it's like in the classroom and her background is evident throughout her work as she unpacks best practices in a clear, practical, and upbeat way. She is the lead author of Math in Practice, a new grade-by-grade K-5 professional learning resource. She is also coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division. She served as editor of Heinemann's popular Math Process Standards series and also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It. Sue is a nationally known speaker and education consultant who directs Quality Teacher Development, an organization committed to providing outstanding math professional development for schools and districts across the country. Watch an introductory Math in Practice webinar, hosted by Sue. Click here to watch Sue talk about the links between reading and math. Connect with Sue on Twitter @SueOConnellMath
Karren Shultz-Ferrell is coauthor of Introduction to Reasoning and Proof (Grades PreK - 2, 3 - 5, and 6 - 8), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. She is an elementary mathematics instructional specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and former classroom teacher. A board representative for the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Karren consults with school systems and presents at state, regional, and national conferences.
Brenda Hammond is a coauthor of Introduction to Reasoning and Proof (Grades PreK - 2 and 3 - 5), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. A staff development teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, she has taught for more than thirty years at the elementary and university levels. She has been a presenter at national conferences, a mathematics consultant, and the author of First Word Problems (2003). Brenda is a recipient the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.
Josepha Robles is a coauthor of Introduction to Reasoning and Proof (Grades PreK - 2 and 3 - 5), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. She has taught for more than twenty-five years in public and private schools. She is a math content coach in Montgomery County, Maryland, a math consultant in the private sector, and a published author who has presented at NCTM national, regional and state conferences.