Not going to lie... I'm pretty stoked about this post. Why? you ask.... well, I FINALLY found a group of mathematical bloggers that have joined up and they want to be active in social media! This is our first "together endeavor" !!
So... here's how this works. There are 12 posts that are all linked to each other. You don't have to download anything from each of us, or even find a hidden letter or phrase... NOPE, you just can hop along as you choose and ENTER to WIN a FREE COPY of whatever book we are writing about! That's the potential to win 12 different books! WOOO!
The book that I am currently in LOVE with is called Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle and High School Students by Pamela Weber Harris. (click the link to go to Amazon OR enter to win with the Rafflecopter below!)
As I was reading Harris' introduction, quite a few of her words resonated with me:
"As secondary teachers, we are often frustrated by the lack of number sense in our students. Students seem to either reach for a calculator or just shrug and say, 'I don't know' when asked simple arithmetic questions. They seem ill-prepared to learn higher math because they have not memorized basic facts. Many students make careless errors with nonsensical results, ye do not recognize how far off their answers are. We are in the age of algebra for all, yet we have students who were obviously never in the arithmetic for all movement." (Harris, xii)
WOW! Does that not say EXACTLY what we have all been thinking?! She also says "This book is an attempt to bridge [the number fluency] gap, to bring these insights to the secondary world." (Harris, xiii)
After the introduction, Harris goes into depth with specific examples from 6th grade to Calculus (no really... all the way up to Calculus!) showing examples of how to teach concepts. She focuses her chapters on:
2) Addition and Subtraction: Models and Strategies
5) Multiplication: Models and Strategies
8) Decimals, Fractions and Percents: Models and Strategies
9) Decimals and Fractions: Addition and Subtraction
10) Decimals and Fractions: Multiplication and Division
Each chapter not only focuses on a concept, but how that concept builds from upper elementary to middle school to high school. Harris gives specific examples, models and representations for each concept as well as strategies for how to teach the concepts to your kiddos at a deeper level.
My favorite part is that I can also purchase a Facilitator's guide (Check it out HERE) as well as a book that contains Lessons and Activities (Check it out HERE) to supplement all of the information that was found in the main book. I am hoping to use this book with each of my teacher's this year as a Book Study in a Professional Development setting.
I do hope that you will check out this book via the links I've provided OR better yet, enter to win your own copy below!! If you don't win, and are a secondary teacher, this book is WELL WORTH the investment! Every page is chalked full of great information!
After you enter the giveaway, make sure to stop by my friend Jameson's blog Lessons with Coffee to check out her review of the book "Multiplication Is for White People"
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