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Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Algebra [Paperback]

Catherine Twomey Fosnot , William R. Jacobs
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Nov. 1 2010 0325028419 978-0325028415 1

The first three volumes of this popular series help teachers support children's development in number sense and operation, from addition and subtraction through fractions, decimals, and percents. Catherine Twomey Fosnot and Maarten Dolk's signature approach uses classroom vignettes to illustrate the investigations and minilessons students engage in as they build their mathematical knowledge.

The hallmarks of their approach include:

  • Supporting children as they construct mathematical strategies and big ideas
  • Creating realistic contexts and representational models that develop children's capacity to mathematize their world
  • Building a collaborative community of mathematical thinkers engaged in inquiry

For the fourth volume Catherine teams up with Bill Jacob to offer a comfortably familiar and characteristically rich extension to the earlier work. In Constructing Algebra Catherine and Bill provide a landscape of learning that helps teachers recognize, support, and celebrate their students' capacity to structure their worlds algebraically. They identify for teachers the models, contexts, and landmarks that facilitate algebraic thinking in young students.

This volume will be a welcome resource for classroom teachers, math supervisors, and curriculum coordinators alike. Preparing young children for success in algebra is a crucial topic. Constructing Algebra provides the insightful and practical methods from the most trusted source for teaching mathematics to young students from Kindergarten through grade 8.

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"When children are given the chance to structure number and operation in their own way, they can make sense of algebra not as a funny set of rules that mixes up letters and numbers but as a language for describing the structure and relationships they uncover." -Catherine Twomey Fosnot and Bill Jacob

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Catherine Twomey Fosnot is the Founding Director of Mathematics in the City and former Professor of Education at The City College of the City of New York. She has twice received the "best writing" award from AERA's Constructivist SIG and she was the recipient of the "young scholar" award by Educational Communication and Technology Journal. She is the lead author of the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series as well as the Young Mathematicians at Work series.

Bill Jacob is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his mathematical research, he develops and teaches courses for pre-service teachers. He is coauthor with Catherine Fosnot of Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Algebra and has been a collaborator with Mathematics in the City for twelve years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book in an excellent series May 11 2011
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This book offers deep insights into what algebra is and how it can be developed from the very youngest grades. Detailed classroom descriptions offer both useful tasks and excellent teaching strategies. True to its title, it aims to develop "young mathematicians" who engage in developing, testing, and proving their own mathematical ideas. I particularly appreciated the attention the authors paid to bridging individual and collective understanding. By the end of the book, Grade 5 students are solving systems of equations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Aug. 3 2010
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This book is another great addition to my professional library. Cathy Fosnot continues to inspire teachers by helping develop their math skills. I highly recommend all of her books!
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