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Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally [Paperback]

John A. Van de Walle
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July 17 2000 0801332532 978-0801332531 4
This best-selling text helps students make sense of mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach mathematics to children K to 8. It thoroughly discusses the new NCTM Standards and clearly develops four key aspects of teaching mathematics-the nature of mathematics as a science of pattern and order; an understanding of how children learn mathematics; a problem solving view of teaching mathematics; and specific methods for integrating assessment with instruction. The 16 content chapters reflect the view that all mathematics can be taught through a problem-solving approach that motivates students and builds their confidence as they learn. Elementary and Middle School Mathematics includes an astonishing wealth of activities, as well as the pedagogical features developed in previous editions.


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Praise for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics. "Overall, this book is an excellent resource for those who are investigating the teaching of mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels...Above all, the emphasis on student-centered problem solving is consistent with current trends and practices. This book is unique in that it challenges assumptions and traditional practices." Katherine Chamberlain, Lycoming College ~"I have used Van de Walle since it came on the market and still feel it is, by far, the best available! The layout is excellent. The philosophical basis of the text is superb-It's easy to read by both undergraduates and graduate students in that it makes connections between their experiences and the philosophical foundations. Three major strengths include the references to the NCTM Standards, inclusion of algebraic thought at all grade levels, and the continued development of the same themes and philosophical foundations." Tim Whiteford, Trinity College of Vermont ~" [One] of the major reasons why Van de Walle's text is so useful...is the text's involvement of the reader in the development of 'mathematical reasoning.' It creates a thinker." Timothy Touzel, Coastal Carolina University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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John A. Van de Walle has written a book that helps readers make sense of mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach mathematics to children K to 8. Elementatry and Middle School Mathematics consists of 16 chapters reflecting the view that all mathematics can be taught through a problem-solving approach that motivates children and builds their confidence as they learn. This book thoroughly discusses the new standards and clearly develops four key aspects of teaching mathematics: the nature of mathematics as a science of pattern and order; an understanding of how children learn mathematics; a problem solving view of teaching mathematics; and specific methods for integrating assessment with instruction. Simple yet effective classroom activities are woven throughout the chapters as well as suggestions for technology and literature. For teachers, future teachers, and educators. nt Code -- F

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have! Aug. 6 2003
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If you learned math from traditional methods or algorithms, you must read this book. Math today is so different from how I learned it. This book explains how and why math has changed so much. I recommend it to teachers and parents alike. The author explains how to teach math using problem-solving. The method makes so much more sense than traditional mathematics. The book is filled with activities for every math concept and age that are easy to find, read, and use without much prep or prop. It also has ideas and resources for including literature and technology into math class.
I find it highly valuable as a 3rd year teacher of fifth grade. My district uses the Visual Math program, and this book has helped me understand why visual math works much more than any inservice. I have the fifth edition as a textbook for a methods class, and I'll never leave home without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Useful Dec 4 2013
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This series is a great and really useful for any teacher, elementary or high school. It not only provides tips for teaching math but other classroom areas as well such as classroom management and working with struggling students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book for teachers Aug. 29 2000
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This book is a great book for teachers. I learned a lot through it. And I know you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have! Aug. 6 2003
By D. Groves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you learned math from traditional methods or algorithms, you must read this book. Math today is so different from how I learned it. This book explains how and why math has changed so much. I recommend it to teachers and parents alike. The author explains how to teach math using problem-solving. The method makes so much more sense than traditional mathematics. The book is filled with activities for every math concept and age that are easy to find, read, and use without much prep or prop. It also has ideas and resources for including literature and technology into math class.
I find it highly valuable as a 3rd year teacher of fifth grade. My district uses the Visual Math program, and this book has helped me understand why visual math works much more than any inservice. I have the fifth edition as a textbook for a methods class, and I'll never leave home without it.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for any elementary - middle school math teacher Feb. 5 2005
By K. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has not only taught me to teach math effectively but it has changed the way I understand mathematic concepts as well. I was taught math walking step by step through each chapter in a text book, learning skills and not concepts, learning algorithms rather than developing logical reasoning strategies. Van De Walle has suited me as a textbook for myself and a resource for curriculum planning in my sixth grade math class. I am so thankful to have stumbled into this text - it has been a life saver!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Nov. 1 2009
By Paul Angell - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is good and has many useful ideas and activities for math instruction. The rub is that Amazon doesn't give you the access code which is required to link to a website which contains blackline masters, etc. Their customer service staff is friendly but ineffective in resolving this issue and the publisher doesn't seem to know what to do about it either. Very frustrating! At $120+ for the book, I wouldn't have expected to have these hassles and, ultimately, remain dissatisfied.
44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource! Feb. 18 2000
By "touspring" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an elementary teacher and college math methods instructor, I have found this book to be an excellent resource for teaching children math in an engaging, meaningful way. The author includes lots of examples of useful activities for all areas of mathematics. A book I'll use over and over in the years to come...
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Van de Walle achieves high marks Aug. 24 2005
By Sheryl L. Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Fifth Edition is an extremely practical and useful tool for teachers. Chapters include information for varying grade levels. All chapters relate mathematics instruction to the NCTM content and process standards. Principles of a high quality mathematics program (equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment and technology) are presented throughout. Great suggestions for manipulatives and alternative ways to assist student's understanding of the concepts. This text helps the teacher make math "real world" and better yet, fun!
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