Ask mathematicians to describe mathematics and they’ll use words like “playful”, “beautiful”, and “creative”. Pose the same question to students and many will use words like “boring”, “useless”, and even “humiliating”. In Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had, author Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making math class more like mathematics. Zager has spent years working with highly skilled math teachers in a diverse range of settings and grades and has compiled those ideas from these vibrant classrooms into this game-changing book. Inside you’ll find: How to Teach Student-Centered Mathematics: Zager outlines a problem-solving approach to mathematics for elementary and middle school educators looking for new ways to inspire student learning
- Big Ideas, Practical Application: This math book contains dozens of practical and accessible teaching techniques that focus on fundamental math concepts, including strategies that simulate connection of big ideas; rich tasks that encourage students to wonder, generalize, hypothesize, and persevere; and routines to teach students how to collaborate
- Key Topics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers: Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had offers fresh perspectives on common challenges, from formative assessment to classroom management for elementary and middle school teachers
No matter what level of math class you teach, Zager will coach you along chapter by chapter. All teachers can move towards increasingly authentic and delightful mathematics teaching and learning. This important book helps develop instructional techniques that will make the math classes we teach so much better than the math classes we took.