Thursday, August 23, 2007

Leer es poder!

In preparing for Numeracy this year, I've been reading up on the Singapore Math curriculum and philosophy. They really seem to know what they are doing. Everything has a logical, mathematical reason, and it all fits together neatly. I just read through two books which I highly recommend for anyone teaching primary level math to high schoolers. In just under 2 hours of reading, I've gotten some really good and practical ideas - both big and small picture.

Handbook for Primary Mathematics Teachers

8 Step Model Drawing

I read this next one a while ago, and have recommended it on this blog before, but it bears repeating. It is a fascinating comparison study of teachers in the US and China, and what kind of mathematical knowledge and ability is required in order to teach primary math.

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics


What books do you find useful/enlightening/interesting with regards to teaching math?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I learned a lot of practical things from the 1982 book "Every Minute Counts" by David Johnson.

Here is info on it from Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Every-Minute-Counts-Making-Class/dp/0866510818/ref=sr_1_1/104-8033136-6214319?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187902418&sr=1-1

Richard

Anonymous said...

zen and the art of motorcycle maintainance, by robert pirsig.
here's the entire book.
nothing *directly* about math ed,
but i've just been rereading it
(again) & everything seems to fit ...

Dan Greene said...

Every Minute Counts is a great one. I was just looking for my copy, but it is lost. They are selling at $20 on Amazon now - last week the cheapest was like $70! I wonder if it was an error... it's a great resource, but it's only like 1/4 cm thick.

I've never read Zen, but of course I've known lots of people who have over the years. I'll have to check it out at some point.

Pepper said...

The website www.thinkingblocks.com is a free website that uses the bar method that appears in the Singapore Math books. It's a good introduction if you can't buy the books.

Dan Greene said...

Thanks, Pepper. That's a really cool site. It may be useful to some of my students if they need extra practice with modeling.