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 Representation, Bonnie Ennis and Kimberly Witeck share ways to help students use algorithms, graphs, manipulatives, diagrams, and other written and pictorial forms to express math ideas. They offer an array of entry points for understanding, planning, and teaching, including strategies that help students internalize manipulatives and other models of mathematical thinking so that they can begin documenting their mathematical processes. 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 Representation highlights the importance of encouraging children to demonstrate their mathematical thinking techniques through a variety of mathematical means, while also recommending ways to implement representation-based teaching without rewriting your curriculum.
Best of all, like all the titles in the Math Process Standards Series, Introduction to Representation 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 you need to better understand how students represent their thinking. Or if you're simply looking for new ways to work the representation standard into your curriculum, read, dog-ear, and teach with Introduction to Representation. 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
Bonnie Ennis is coauthor of Introduction to Representation (Grades K - 2 and 3 - 5), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. A math teacher for twenty-three years, she is currently the coordinator for math instruction in the Wicomico County Public Schools. She is also an adjunct instructor at Salisbury University and a member of the Board of Directors for both the Maryland Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Kimberly Witeck is coauthor of Introduction to Representation (Grades PreK - 2 and 3 - 5), part of Heinemann's Math Process Standards Series. A former elementary teacher and peer instructional coach, she is a Title I Math Teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. She conducts parent education workshops and professional staff development, presenting at workshops and conferences. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children.