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See It, Say It, Symbolize It

Teaching the Big Ideas in Elementary Mathematics

Edited by: Cathy Seeley, Jennifer Bay-Williams

By: Patrick L. Sullivan

Anyone can learn mathematics and stay in the math game for life once they learn key superpowers that can demystify foundational concepts—from whole numbers, fractions, and place value operations to ratios, proportions, and percentages. This book offers teaching methods to develop a dynamic and flexible understanding of numbers and operations in young learners.

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Develop a flexible and dynamic understanding of numbers and operations in young learners

Reimagining elementary mathematics pedagogy using a three-step process—See It, Say It, Symbolize It—author Patrick L. Sullivan provides a guide for developing a dynamic and flexible understanding of numbers and operations. By helping students develop a language that is consistent across concepts and connecting it to what is seen and symbolized, teachers empower their students to engage in reasoning they will utilize throughout their lives.

This book will help K–5 educators:

  • Apply the See It, Say It, Symbolize It framework to foundational mathematical concepts and operations
  • Reframe common mathematical language to increase students’ conceptual understanding and make connections between ideas that are often seen as disconnected
  • Compare the traditional process of communicating foundational mathematical ideas to the See It, Say It, Symbolize It process, with descriptive examples
  • Comprehend the superpower understandings in elementary mathematics, which help students develop a dynamic and flexible understanding of numbers and operations as well as connect multiple concepts
  • Internalize chapter content with reflection prompts and end-of-chapter application guides

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Product Code: BKG187, EKF731

ISBN: 9781960574503

Published By: Solution Tree

See It, Say It, Symbolize It is for anyone that is trying to think of math differently. So many struggled with math, but were never given the opportunity to understand exactly what the numbers were doing or why value changes—equal exchange. This book is setting the stage for some earth-moving movements in math!”

Erin Kruckenberg, fifth-grade teacher, Harvard Community Unit School District 50, Illinois

“[This book] will correct and deepen the reader’s own understanding of common mathematical concepts, like connecting fractions to decimals, and will fill gaps that might lie in a teacher’s own math understanding. The emphasis on helping students understand versus helping students do the math is revolutionary and adds an extra layer to the discussion about math in the current ‘math wars.’”

Lindsey Bingley, literacy and numeracy strategist, Foothills Academy Society, Alberta

“This book certainly allows readers to feel more comfortable with mathematics, particularly elementary. Each page seems like it has a reminder that ‘you’ve got this!’”

Molly A. Riddle, assistant professor of elementary mathematics education, Indiana University Southeast School of Education
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