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Balancing the Equation

A Guide to School Mathematics for Educators and Parents

By: Matthew R. Larson, Timothy D. Kanold

This book tackles misconceptions about mathematics education for educators and parents and analyzes instruction that can significantly improve student learning.

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Balancing the Equation

Copublished with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this book focuses on individuals involved in K–12 mathematics education—particularly educators and parents—who seek to improve their understanding of mathematics and help students succeed. The authors tackle popular misconceptions and misguided discourse about mathematics education and draw on peer-reviewed research about instruction that can significantly improve student learning.

  • Explore reasons why expectations for mathematics teaching and learning must be raised.
  • Study the history of the progression, changes, and disputes in K12 mathematics education.
  • Discover insights about mathematics education in an era of mathematics reform.
  • Define mathematical literacy and what elements are part of effective mathematics instruction.
  • Learn the steps that must be taken to support the teaching and learning of mathematics so all students can be college and career ready.

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Product Code: BKF723, EKF330

ISBN: 9781936763689

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 136

“There is a tendency on the part of most people to believe that the best education continues to look like the education they received in their pasts. This is true of teachers as well as parents. Contemporary instruction is shaped and influenced by the models of teaching that today's educators experienced throughout their schooling.Larson and Kanold present compelling evidence that the needs of the 21st century student demand a new approach to mathematics curriculum and instruction. They explain why educators and parents alike must expect more of students and why meeting those expectations requires a different approach to teaching mathematics than what students from earlier generations experienced. Furthermore, the authors do an outstanding job of explaining the nature of the changes that must be made in nontechnical language so its accessible to teachers and parents alike. Those who believe that schools must prepare students for their futures, rather than our pasts, will find this book a powerful tool to guide their work. I highly recommend it.”

Richard DuFour, educational author and consultant

“Challenging the illusion of mathematical proficiency from decades of mathematics reform, the authors make a compelling, evidence-based case for why mathematics education can and must improve. Both educators and parents are rewarded with practical approaches to teaching, assessing, and understanding mathematics and helping children with mathematics at home.”

Douglas Reeves, Creative Leadership Solutions

“Coming from trusted leaders in mathematics education, this book is a must-have for any administrator, educator, or parent. It is an essential tool for answering the hard questions parents and teachers ask about mathematics education, offering insight into why mathematics education continues to evolve and why we must raise our expectations for effective mathematics programs.”

John SanGiovanni, coordinator for elementary mathematics, Howard County Public School System, Maryland

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