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Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Teaching Elementary Math

Five to Thrive [series]

By: John J. SanGiovanni, Susan K. Katt, Latrenda Duretta Knighten, Georgina Rivera

Designed for just-in-time learning and support, this practical resource gives you brief, actionable answers to your most pressing questions about teaching elementary math.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071857717
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Mathematics Series
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: September 28, 2021

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Your guide to grow and learn as a math teacher!

Let’s face it, teaching elementary math can be hard. So much about how we teach math today may look and feel different from how we learned it. Today, we recognize placing the student at the center of their learning increases engagement, motivation, and academic achievement soars. Teaching math in a student-centered way changes the role of the teacher from one who traditionally “delivers knowledge” to one who fosters thinking. Most importantly, we must ensure our practice gives each and every student the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve at high levels, while providing opportunities to develop their agency and authority in the classroom which results in a positive math identity. 

Whether you are a brand new teacher or a veteran, if you find teaching math to be quite the challenge, this is the guide you want by your side. Designed for just-in-time learning and support, this practical resource gives you brief, actionable answers to your most pressing questions about teaching elementary math. Written by four experienced math educators representing diverse experiences, these authors offer the practical advice they wish they received years ago, from lessons they've learned over decades of practice, research, coaching, and through collaborating with teams, teachers and colleagues—especially new teachers—every day. 

Questions and answers are organized into five areas of effort that will help you most thrive in your elementary math classroom:  
1. How do I build a positive math community?
2. How do I structure, organize, and manage my math class?
3. How do I engage my students in math?
4. How do I help my students talk about math?
5. How do I know what my students know and move them forward?

Woven throughout, you'll find helpful sidebar notes on fostering identity and agency; access and equity; teaching in different settings; and invaluable resources for deeper learning. The final question—Where do I go from here?— offers guidance for growing your practice over time. Strive to become the best math educator you can be; your students are counting on it!  What will be your first step on the journey?


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John J. SanGiovanni

John SanGiovanni is a best-selling author and nationally recognized leader in mathematics education. He works as a mathematics coordinator in Howard County, Maryland leading curriculum development, digital mathematics education, assessment, and professional learning. As an adjunct professor at McDaniel College, John is focused on developing mathematics specialists and teacher leaders. He also works as a national consultant providing professional learning for content, pedagogy, and curriculum design. John is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences. He is active in professional organizations serving on the Board of Directors for both the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.
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Susan K. Katt

Susie Katt is the K-2 Mathematics Coordinator in Lincoln, Nebraska. In this role, she coordinates professional development, assessment, and curriculum development. Susie is an author for a national mathematics curriculum. She frequently speaks at state, regional, and national conferences. Susie is a special appointment lecturer for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellow, and a member of various state committees. She serves NCTM in a variety of ways which include chair of the Editorial Panel for the Teaching Children Mathematics journal, member of program committees for annual meetings and regional conferences, and speaker at NCTM institutes.
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Latrenda Duretta Knighten

Latrenda Knighten is the elementary math curriculum content trainer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been an educator for more than 30 years, and is an active member of many professional organizations. She currently serves as the NCSM Southern Region 2 team leader for Louisiana and secretary for the Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. Latrenda is also a past member of the NCTM Board of Directors.
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Georgina Rivera

Georgina Rivera is a passionate math educator, coach, author, and presenter focused on equity, collective teacher efficacy, culturally relevant pedagogy, and teacher leadership. She currently serves as a school administrator for Bristol Public Schools. Prior to this position, she was the district’s math coach and elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) supervisor; she began her career as a middle school math teacher. Georgina serves on various local and national boards focused on math education and leadership. She began her new role as NCSM vice president in September 2021.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Authors



Chapter 1: How Do I Build a Math Community?

Chapter 2: How Do I Structure, Organize, and Manage My Math Class?

Chapter 3: How Do I Engage My Students in Math?

Chapter 4: How Do I Help My Students Talk About Math?

Chapter 5: How Do I Know What My Students Know and Move Them Forward?

Chapter 6: Where Do I Go From Here?