If you're a secondary math teacher looking for resources to get your professional learning on track this summer, look no further than this impressive lineup from Stenhouse. With all, or even just one, of these thoughtfully created books, you can find new ways to get your students more engaged and even excited about the math they're doing! Let's take a look.
Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking
Open Middle Math by Robert Kaplinsky gives middle and high school teachers the problems and planning guidance that will encourage students to see mathematics in an entirely different light. These problems, called Open Middle problems, help math educators identify students’ misunderstandings, even when the kids don’t realize they have any.
Rough Draft Math: Revising to Learn
In Rough Draft Math, Amanda Jansen shares the power of infusing math class with the spirit of revision so that students feel comfortable thinking aloud as they talk to learn through problem-solving rather than talking only to deliver right answers. She shows how to create a classroom culture in which your students will feel more comfortable expressing their partial understandings and in-process thinking, and then continually revising that thinking as they build deep, conceptual understanding of mathematics.
Up for Debate! Exploring Math Through Argument
In Up for Debate!, high school math teacher and debate coach, Chris Luzniak shares stories, examples, and step-by-step routines that will help you incorporate debate structures and techniques into your math instruction in order to build a classroom culture where students do the talking, explain their thinking, and critique each other’s reasoning, all in the context of the math content you're expected to teach.
Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation
In his book, Necessary Conditions, Geoff Krall offers a coherent approach to secondary math instruction, identifying three essential elements that will open the door to math for all your students: academic safety, quality tasks, and effective facilitation. The biggest drivers of students' math experiences are their teachers. With Krall's guidance, you can help every student come to recognize that they are indeed a "math person."
Mathematical Imagining: A Routine for Secondary Classrooms
Mathematical Imagining by Christof Weber describes an original routine that gives students space and time to imagine a mathematical situation and then revise, discuss, and act upon the mental images they create. You can use this creative routine in your secondary classroom to glimpse into your students’ thinking and discover teaching opportunities while empowering them to create their own mathematics.