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Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class, Middle School
Engage Students, Improve Number Sense, and Practice Reasoning



August 2018 | 176 pages | Corwin

“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!

 
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
 
Switcharoo
 
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

“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

“Thank you, John and Eric, for creating this practical resource that supports and guides middle school mathematics teachers in redesigning beginnings of mathematics lessons to capture attention and engage ALL students in mathematical reasoning, mental mathematics, and discourse in order to develop deeper understandings of number and improve overall mathematics learning. This book is a necessary resource for EVERY middle school mathematics teacher!”

Becky Walker
Wisconsin Mathematics Learning, Appleton WI

“The Routines and Examples provided in this book will prompt teachers to rethink how they begin class in order to transform the first 5–10 minutes to be more meaningful and relevant for students.”

John W. Staley
Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore MD

"Every middle school math teacher needs this resource! SanGiovanni and Milou offer a powerful solution to an age-old problem: how to effectively start a lesson. Their lesson opening “low floor/high ceiling” tasks will immediately motivate and engage students in mathematical reasoning and sense making – the critical thinking and problem solving skills students most need today."

 

Matt Larson, Ph.D.
Past-President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

"This book, these Routines, will jump start your mathematics lessons as students use reasoning to truly develop and deepen their sense of number. What a great resource!  Use it – every day!"

Francis (Skip) Fennell, Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies Emeritus, Project Director Elementary Mathematics Specialists and teacher Leaders Project-McDaniel College
Past President, AMTE and NCTM

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