Teaching Secondary Mathematics

Teaching Secondary Mathematics : Techniques and Enrichment Units

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For Mathematics Methods for the Secondary School. The revision of this principal text introduces the 2000 NCTM Principles and Standards and explains their use for teaching secondary school mathematics instruction. Unlike other texts, it utilizes 125 enrichment units to provide the staples in preparing to teach mathematics. The authors provide step-by-step techniques on preparing lessons and tests, motivating students, designing assignments, and organizing the classroom. This valuable text also provides practical teaching methods for immediate use along with answers to typical questions readers have about teaching math.show more

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  • Paperback | 495 pages
  • 211.8 x 273.3 x 24.1mm | 1,034.2g
  • Pearson Education Limited
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 0130945145
  • 9780130945143

Table of contents

I. METHODS FOR TEACHING SECONDARY MATHEMATICS. 1. The Challenge of Teaching. 2. Long-Range and Short Range Planning. 3. Teaching More Effective Lessons. 4. The Role of Problem Solving. 5. Using Technology to Enhance Mathematics Instruction. 6. Multiple Assessment and Grading Strategies. 7. Enriching Mathematics Instruction. 8. Extracurricular Activities in Mathematics. II. ENRICHMENT UNITS FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM. Appendix A. Additional Exercises. Appendix B. Assigning Homework. Index.show more

About Alfred S. Posamentier

Alfred S. Posamentier is Professor of Mathematics Education and Dean of the School of Education of The City College of the City University of New York. He is the author and co-author of many mathematics books for teachers and secondary school students. He believes that teachers should use methods and materials which build on their individual strengths, rather than on a prescribed "best way to teach" in general. This popular book is built on this philosophy, as is his book Tips for the Mathematics Teacher: Research-Based Strategies to Help Students Learn (Corwin Press, 1998), which complements this publication. Dr. Posamentier's recent book Problem Strategies for Efficient and Elegant Solutions: A Resource for the Mathematics Teacher (Corwin Press, 1998) elaborates on the chapter on problem solving, while his book 101 Great Ideas for Introducing Key Concepts in Mathematics (Corwin Press, 2001) provides a teacher with interesting alternatives to the traditional development of common topics and concepts in the curriculum. After completing his A.B. degree in mathematics at Hunter College of the City University of New York, he took a position as a teacher of mathematics at Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx (New York), where he focused his attention on the teaching process in general and the improvement of students' problem-solving skills in particular. He also developed the school's first mathematics teams (both at the junior and senior level) and established a special class whose primary focus was enrichment topics in mathematics and problem solving. He is currently involved in working with mathematics teachers both in the United States and internationally to help them better understand the ideas presented in this book, so that they can comfortably incorporate them into their regular instructional program. After six years as a high school teacher, Dr. Posamentier joined the faculty of The City College (after having received his masters' degree there), and soon thereafter he began to develop inservice courses for secondary school mathematics teachers, focusing on practical classroom applications of educational research. In addition to the usual inservice offerings, these courses addressed such topics as the uses of new technology in mathematics instruction, efficient ways to teach weaker students, problem-solving strategies and the enrichment of mathematics through a variety of ways including, but not limited to, recreational mathematics. Dr. Posamentier received his Ph.D. from Fordham University (New York) in mathematics education and since has extended his reputation to Europe. He is an Honorary Fellow at the South Bank University (London, England). He has been visiting professor at several European universities, including the Technical University of Vienna and the Humboldt University at Berlin, and a Fulbright Professor at the University of Vienna. Dr. Posamentier is often cited for his outstanding teaching. He was named Educator of the Year ( I 993) by The City College Alumni Association and on May I , 1993 had a "Day" named in his honor by the City Council President of New York City. More recently, he was awarded the Grand Medal of Honor from the Federal Republic of Austria and the Medal of Distinction from the city of Vienna. In 1999 he was awarded the title of University Professor for Austrian Universities. Now, after more than 32 years on the faculty of CCNY, he still exudes an ever-increasing energy and enthusiasm for mathematics and mathematics education. With his penchant for mathematics instruction, he has been especially concerned that during the recent years of mathematics teacher shortages, those who enter the classroom are as well prepared as possible. He enthusiastically believes that providing mathematics teachers with an appropriate knowledge base grid repertoire of teaching strateshow more

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