# Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking

Corwin Press, Mar 23, 2011 - Education - 240 pages
Do some of your students arrive at wildly wrong answers to mathematical problems, but have no idea why? If so, they are not alone. Many students lack basic numeracy'the ability to think through the math logically, solve problems, and apply it outside of the classroom. This book outlines nine critical thinking habits that foster numerate learning and details practical ways to incorporate those habits into instruction. Referencing the new common core standards, NCTM standards, and established literacy practices, the authors include "How Can I Use This in My Math Class...Tomorrow" applications throughout the book, which shows you how to:

" Monitor and repair students' understanding

" Guide students to recognize patterns

" Represent mathematics non-linguistically

" Encourage questioning for understanding

" Develop students' mathematics vocabulary

" Create a collaborative environment

Latter chapters show how to develop numeracy-rich lesson plans, and provide several ready-to-use models with clear directions and student handouts. The book's practices, activities, and problems will help you move your students from simply "doing the math" to a deeper understanding of how to think through the math.

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Takes reading strategies and applies them to learning math. Very easy to understand with some ideas you can use right away. Presents 8 habits; Monitor and Repair Understanding, Develop Schema and ... Read full review

### Contents

 Numeracy What Is It and Why Is It Important? 1 Part I The 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Numerate Thinking 7 Habit 1 Monitor and Repair Understanding 9 Habit 2 Develop Schema and Activate Background Knowledge 18 Habit 3 Identify Similarities and Differences Recognize Patterns Organize and Categorize Ideas Investigate Analogies and Metaphors 29 Habit 4 Represent Mathematics Nonlinguistically 36 Habit 5 Predict Infer Recognize Trends Use Patterns and Generate and Test Hypotheses 53 Habit 6 Question for Understanding 68
 Component 1 Purpose and Focus 127 Component 2 Ignition 130 Component 3 Bridge to the Learning 137 Component 4 Gradual Release in Mathematics 149 Tying It All Together 168 Our Debrief 177 Sample NumeracyBased Lesson Plans 179 Anticipation Guide The 2010 Census 203

 Using Note Taking and Journaling 79 Habit 8 Develop Vocabulary 102 Habit 9 Collaborate to Learn 117 Part II The 5 Essential Components of a NumeracyBased Mathematics Lesson 125
 Clock Reproducible for Clock Partners 204 References and Further Reading 205 Index 216 Copyright

### About the author (2011)

Margie Pearse has spent the past twenty-three years as an educator and researcher. Middle school is where she spent the majority of her teaching years, researching, experimenting and crafting lessons, but she also has extensive experience teaching at the elementary level as well. Her educational philosophy can be summed up as such, “Why NOT reinvent the wheel. Yesterday’s lessons will not suffice for students who need to succeed in tomorrow’s world. We need to meet them, not just where they are, but where they need to be. How can I push my students’ thinking for that to happen?” She currently coaches teachers and conducts original professional development days on how to transform instructional practices to become effective, well-planned, and numerate.

Kate Walton has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels for twelve years. Although Kate’s primary passion and expertise is with language arts, she feels Numeracy transcends and is, at its very core, deep, logical thinking, which she has always encouraged in her classroom. She believes that a well crafted lesson and a healthy obsession with creativity are the keys to inspiring students to think deeply. Currently, she coaches teachers and conducts original professional development days on best practices.