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Mathematics Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites

20 Numeracy Strategies That Engage the Brain, PreK-8

This resource offers 20 engaging, brain-compatible strategies for teaching mathematics and includes sample activities, a lesson planning guide, and space for reflecting on individual strategies.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412953337
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: August 21, 2008

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"The author does a good job of describing the NCTM content standards and providing examples that incorporate recommendations from NCTM and other experts in the field on how best to deepen students' understanding of mathematics."
—Linda Kallam, Professor of Mathematics
Southeastern Oklahoma State University

"A very useful resource for new and experienced teachers. The book will also equip administrators with strategies that they can model in staff meetings and with teachers."
—Pam Summers, K–12 Mathematics Coordinator
Lubbock Independent School District, TX

Engage students in effective, meaningful experiences in mathematics!

Students engaged in active learning experiences gain long-term retention of the skills and content they learn. In this user-friendly guide, Marcia L. Tate follows the successful format of her previous bestsellers and offers math teachers 20 powerful, brain-based teaching strategies that translate into meaningful firsthand experiences for all learners.

Mathematics Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites provides educators with creative ways to incorporate visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities and promote increased academic achievement in mathematics. The author also focuses on the core NCTM focal points for algebra, geometry, numbers and operations, data analysis and probability, problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. The chapters offer:

  • A what, why, and how for each strategy
  • Specific brain-compatible mathematics activities and lessons submitted by real teachers from across the country
  • Space for teachers to reflect on and apply individual strategies in their lessons

With a bibliography of math and literature resources and a lesson planning guide, this book can transform classrooms into places where students excel academically and where learning is fun!

Key features

  • Follows Tate's successful formula from her other books, including bestselling book, Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites.
  • Dozens of mathematics activities and brain-based lessons submitted by real K-2, 3-5, 6-8 teachers from across the country 
  • Chapter opening content with an explanation of the NCTM National Mathematics Advisory Panel report.
  • Brain-compatible mathematics activities built around the core NCTM Focal Points
  • A Reflection and Application section closes every chapter for teachers to reflect upon the activities they utilize and adapt for their individual classroom lessons.


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Marcia L. Tate

Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System in Decatur, Georgia. During her thirty-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.

Marcia is currently an educational consultant and has taught over 500,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of the eight books in the best-selling Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites series and four additional books: Formative Assessment in a Brain-Compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They’re Learning?, 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning K–8, and 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons for Unforgettable Teaching and Learning 9–12, and her latest book, Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms that is designed to address both the personal and professional lives of all educators. Participants in her workshops refer to them as some of the best ones they have ever experienced since Marcia uses the twenty strategies outlined in her books to actively engage her audiences.

Marcia received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her master’s degree in remedial reading from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, her specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia State University, and her doctorate in educational leadership from Clark Atlanta University.

Marcia is married to Tyrone Tate and is the proud mother of three children: Jennifer, Jessica, and Christopher, and nine grandchildren: Christian, Aidan, Maxwell, Aaron, Roman, Shiloh, Aya, Noah, and Alyssa.

Marcia and her husband own the company Developing Minds, Inc. and can be contacted by calling the company at (770) 918-5039, emailing her at marciata@ bellsouth.net, or by visiting her website at www.developingmindsinc.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @DrMarciaTate.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Strategy 1. Brainstorming and Discussion

Strategy 2. Drawing and Artwork

Strategy 3. Field Trips

Strategy 4. Games

Strategy 5. Graphic Organizers, Semantic Maps, and Word Webs

Strategy 6. Humor

Strategy 7. Manipulatives, Experiments, Labs, and Models

Strategy 8. Metaphors, Analogies, and Similes

Strategy 9. Mnemonic Devices

Strategy 10. Movement

Strategy 11. Music, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Rap

Strategy 12. Project-Based and Problem-Based Instruction

Strategy 13. Reciprocal Teaching and Cooperative Learning

Strategy 14. Role Plays, Drama, Pantomimes, and Charades

Strategy 15. Storytelling

Strategy 16. Technology

Strategy 17. Visualization and Guided Imagery

Strategy 18. Visuals

Strategy 19. Work Study and Apprenticeships

Strategy 20. Writing and Journals

Resource A: Have You Read Any Math Lately?

Resource B: Brain-Compatible Lesson Design





Price: $41.95
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