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Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics, Grades K–1

Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics, Grades K–1

November 2010 | 256 pages | Corwin

Strengthen your mathematics lessons through collaborative planning

Teaching by Design in Elementary Mathematics is a series of comprehensive professional development guides that help teachers investigate how students learn. Grounded in the latest research, this book is one of three volumes focused on grade-appropriate number and operations topics aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The capstone activity of each book guides the group through the co-creation and implementation of a prototype lesson. The teacher teams then evaluate the impact of the lesson on student learning and work together to revise it for maximum effectiveness. Through the process, teachers develop:

  • Deeper content knowledge of important mathematical concepts
  • Improved understanding of how students learn these mathematical ideas
  • A stronger foundation for developing effective lessons and improving instruction
  • Enhanced collaboration skills

Each volume includes a large assortment of reproducible handouts as well as built-in facilitation notes. Teachers will also find helpful resources that address the issue of finding time for school-based professional development and teacher collaboration.

About the Authors
Session 1: Getting Started
Session 2: Learning Landscape
Session 3: Counting and Number Concepts
Session 4: Comparing and Ordering Numbers
Session 5: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems (Part 1)
Session 6: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems (Part 2)
Session 7: Children's Strategies: Direct Modeling
Session 8: Children's Strategies: Counting Strategies
Session 9: Children's Strategies: Numerical Reasoning
Session 10: Children's Strategies: Numerical Reasoning Using Ten
Session 11: Mathematical Models Supporting Numerical Reasoning
Session 12: Designing the Prototype Lesson
Session 13: Discussing Results
Session 14: Reflecting On and Revising the Prototype Lesson

"As our teaching team went through the lesson design process we were amazed at the transformation that took place. It took us out of isolated practice and placed us into a collaborative setting where we could effectively redesign lessons so that student learning was positively impacted."

Marla Ernst, Teacher and Math Coach
Lebanon Community School District, OR
Key features
1) Designed to enhance teacher content knowledge as well as understanding of how students learn mathematical ideas.

(2) Congruent with the current knowledge base on effective professional development.

(3) Developing a prototype lesson – the capstone activity of the program -- provides teaching teams with insights about teaching and learning that can be applied to the development and delivery of future lessons

(4) Address the content topics in number and operations identified for each grade by the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points

(5) Each volume includes a large assortment of reproducible handouts as well as built-in facilitation notes.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Session 1

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