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Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class, Middle School

Engage Students, Improve Number Sense, and Practice Reasoning

Kickstart your class with 20 different routines that promote student reasoning and number sense, all of which include content examples, extensions, and variations for grades 6–8.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544316888
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Mathematics Series
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: July 31, 2018

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“Too often, middle school and high school teachers say, ‘These students are lacking number sense.’ These books will help secondary teachers with good pedagogy to help build number sense in a creative way. John SanGiovanni and Eric Milou have created short routines that are teacher-friendly, with lots of examples, and easy to adapt to each teacher’s needs. These are the books that secondary teachers have been waiting for to help engage students in building number sense.”

Pamela J. Dombrowski, Secondary Math Specialist
Geary County School District
Junction City, KS

Kickstart your middle school math class!

Do your students need more opportunities do develop number sense and reasoning? Are you looking to get your students energized and talking about mathematics? Have you wondered how practical, replicable, and engaging activities would complement your mathematics instruction?

This guide answers the question “What could I do differently?” by taking cues from some of the most effective types of routines commonly used to engage students in reasoning while developing and reinforcing their number sense. This book offers 20 different routines, all of which include content examples, extensions, and variations for grades 6–8. It includes a year’s worth of daily instructional material that you can use each class period to promote student reasoning and number sense. The routines in this book will help students

  • Frequently revisit essential mathematical concepts
  • Foster and shore up conceptual understanding
  • Engage in mental mathematics, leading to efficiency and fluency
  • Engage in mathematical discourse by constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others
  • Reason mathematically, which can improve performance on high-stakes assessments
  • Move learning beyond “correctness” by valuing mistakes and discourse to encourage a growth mindset

From trusted authors and experts John SanGiovanni and Eric Milou, this teacher-friendly resource will give you all the tools and tips you need to reinvent those critical first five or ten minutes of math class for the better!

Watch the video: Daily Routines to Jump Start Math Class

Key features


  • 20 different routines with 8 examples each for a total of 160 daily routines total
  • A companion website with free, downloadable PPT slides for every routine, every example
  • 70+ minutes of video showing routines in action in middle school classrooms


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John J. SanGiovanni

John J. SanGiovanni is a mathematics coordinator in Howard County, Maryland. There, he leads mathematics curriculum development, digital learning, assessment, and professional development. John is an adjunct professor and coordinator of the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leadership graduate program at McDaniel College. In addition to this Figuring Out Fluency series, some of his many Corwin books include Daily Routines to Jump-Start Problem Solving, Grades K-8, Answers to Your Biggest Questions about Teaching Elementary Math, the Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math series, and Productive Math Struggle: A 6-Point Action Plan for Fostering Perseverance. John is a national mathematics curriculum and professional learning consultant who also speaks frequently at national conferences and institutes. He is active in state and national professional organizations, recently serving on the board of directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and currently on the board of directors for the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

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Eric Milou

Dr. Eric Milou is a professor of mathematics at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Dr. Milou has taught at Rowan for the past 20 years and served six terms as the President of the Rowan University Senate from 2007 to 2013. He previously served as President as the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, the program chairperson of the 2007 NCTM annual meeting and has extensive speaking experience on standards based reform in mathematics. He is one of the authors of digits, EnVisions 6-8 and EnVisions A|G|A (published by Pearson) and was the recipient of the Max Sobel Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award in 2009.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: Why Jump-Start Routines?

The First Few Minutes of Mathematics Class

Why the Traditional Warmup Doesn’t Work

The Problem with Going Over Homework

Jump-start Routines: New Warmups for a New Era

Routines for Reasoning in Mathematics

Routines for Improving Number Sense and Fluency

Building Number Sense and Fluency Over Time with Routines

10,000 Hours of Practice

Routines that Satisfy the Need for Quality Practice

Routines for Achieving Improved Performance

Routines for Rehabilitating Number Pluckers, Pluggers, and Crunchers

Routines for Growth Mindset

Routines to Honor and Leverage Errors

Routines to Actively Develop Confidence

Implementing Jump-Start Routines

Routines that are Ready for Use

Flexible Use

Timing of Routines: How Long? When?

Which Routines to Use?

Plan for the Routine

Select the Routine

Routines Set the Stage for Meaningful Discourse

Practical Advice for Routines

Modify, Modify, Modify

Identifying or Creating the Content or Topics

Using Routines Formatively

Be Committed and Creative

Part II: The Routines

Picture It

Where’s the Point?

Is This the End?

That’s a Fact

Math Yapper

Broken Numbers

It’s About

The Best Tool

Relating Three

Two Columns

Numbered Star


Express It

Relating Without Calculating

More or Less

Somewhere in Between

Patterns and Generalizations

If I know This

What It Takes to Make

Two Truths and a Lie

Part III: Where to Go Next

Make a Plan

Identify Content for Routines

Identify Routines

Determine the Rotation

Give It Time

Set Goals

Adjust to Their Adjustments

Further Modifying Routines

Design Your Own Routines

Work Collaboratively and Share the Load

Jumpstart Mathematics Engagement, Number Sense, and Reasoning



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