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The problem with math is English : a language-focused approach to helping all students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics

Author: Concepcion Molina
Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, ©2012.
Series: Jossey-Bass teacher.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Teaching K-12 math becomes an easier task when everyone understands the language, symbolism, and representation of math conceptsPublished in partnership with SEDL, The Problem with Math Is English illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at a superficial level. Written to inspire?aha? moments, this book enables teachers to help students identify and comprehend the nuances and true  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Concepcion Molina
ISBN: 9781118095706 1118095707 9781118223628 1118223624 9781118237021 1118237021 111826195X 9781118261958
OCLC Number: 779878268
Notes: "Grades 3-9"--Cover.
Machine generated contents note: About the AuthorAbout This BookIntroductionJulian's StoryRationale and PurposeWho Benefits from This Book?Chapter 1: The Problem with Math Is English (And a FewOther Things)Why Language and Symbolism?What We Are TeachingTurning the Tide: A Sampling of ApproachesMathematics Is About Relationships Connecting the Pieces and Looking Ahead Chapter 2: Why a Language Focus in Mathematics?The Convergence of Mathematics and English: More Than Just VocabularyProblems Based on the English LanguageA Number of Problems with NumberChapter 3: Language and Symbolism in Traditional InstructionShortcomings of Traditional InstructionMore Language and Symbolism Issues: Adding Fuel to the FireTell Me Again Why the Language Focus in Math?Chapter 4: So What Does Conceptual Understanding Look Like?It Starts with DefinitionsMaking Connections in Math: Beyond Connecting DotsThe Interpretation and Translation of MathConclusionChapter 5: The Order of Operations: A Convention or a Symptomof What Ails Us?The Roots of the RulesThe Natural Order: A Mathematical PerspectiveConclusion: A Conceptual Understanding of the Order of OperationsChapter 6: Using Multiplication as a Critical Knowledge BaseUnderstanding Key Definitions and Connections & Interpreting MultiplicationUsing the Power of the Distributive PropertyFeeling Neglected: The Units in MultiplicationConclusion: Small Details, Huge ImpactChapter 7: Fractions: The "F Word" in MathematicsDefining Fractions: Like Herding CatsThe Fraction KingdomInterpreting FractionsConclusionChapter 8: Operations with FractionsAdding and Subtracting FractionsMultiplying FractionsDividing FractionsSummaryChapter 9: Unlocking the Power of Symbolism and VisualRepresentationSymbolismVisual RepresentationThe Power of Interpretation: Three Perspectives of TrapezoidsSummaryChapter 10: Language-Focused Conceptual InstructionLanguage Focus: Beyond the DefinitionsThe Secrets to Solving Word ProblemsSuggested Instructional StrategiesSummaryChapter 11: Mathematics: It's All About Relationships!Language and Symbolism: Vehicles for Relationship RecognitionRelationships and FractionsProportional ReasoningRelationships: Important ConsiderationsRelationships: Making Powerful ConnectionsSummaryChapter 12: The Perfect Non-Storm: Understanding the Problem and Changing the SystemA Systemic IssueMath MakeoverSummaryBibliography.
Description: xxii, 275 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The problem with math is English (and a few other things) --
Why a language focus in mathematics? --
Language and symbolism in traditional instruction --
So what does conceptual understanding look like? --
The order of operations: a convention or a symptom of what ails us? --
Using multiplication as a critical knowledge base --
Fractions: the "F word" in mathematics --
Operations with fractions --
Unlocking the power of symbolism and visual representation --
Language-focused conceptual instruction --
Mathematics: it's all about relationships! --
The perfect non-storm: understanding the problem and changing the system.
Series Title: Jossey-Bass teacher.
Responsibility: Concepcion Molina.
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