Thinking Together: 9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community by Rozlynn Dance

Thinking Together: 9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community

Book Title: Thinking Together: 9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 0325098182

Author: Rozlynn Dance


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Rozlynn Dance with Thinking Together: 9 Beliefs for Building a Mathematical Community

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Want students to understand-really understand-and retain the math they're learning? Focus on building your classroom community first.

In Thinking Together, veteran teachers Rozlynn Dance and Tessa Kaplan explore nine beliefs that lead to a powerful community of learners. When students are part of a classroom where they feel valued and included, they are more likely to take risks, ask questions, and grow exponentially as mathematicians.

Rozlynn and Tessa tell us, "We must create a kind, caring, trusting community of learners who feel comfortable tackling the unknown, taking risks, and making mistakes." This book doesn't pretend teaching is simple-instead, it celebrates the potential in the everyday messiness of learning together. Each chapter includes:

  • opportunities to reflect on your practice through an exploration of beliefs such as "Mistakes are great!" and "It's not just about the answer"
  • practical guidance for building your classroom community through student-centered strategies and classroom examples
  • "When Things Don't Seem to be Working" sections for troubleshooting common challenges and adapting to teaching that doesn't go as planned.
An environment fine-tuned for learning creates conditions in which your students can thrive as mathematical thinkers. Thinking Together will help shape your beliefs about what it means to be a learning community and provide support for building them into your classroom.