Synopses & Reviews
This book is excellent reading for all teachers . . . I plan to share it with my colleagues immediately.
- Teaching Children Mathematics
In Wrestling with Change, Lew Romagnano details his and a colleague's experiences transforming two ninth grade general mathematics classrooms into problem-centered environments. Practicing mathematics teachers will recognize elements of their own work in the story told here. Prospective teachers and teacher educators will find themselves in real mathematics classrooms via detailed vignettes of classroom events and the planning that led to them. Researchers of teaching will discover arguments built from a carefully constructed conceptual framework and rigorous qualitative research methods.
Moreover, readers will find a different interpretation of the work of teachers who are wrestling with change. They will find evidence that some of the difficulties that Romagnano and his colleague encountered were not simply problems that could be solved by diligent work. They were, in fact, dilemmas for which these teachers found no clear solutions, only equally-flawed alternative courses of action. To accomplish the goal of teaching real mathematics, they had to manage the dilemmas of change.
Review
This book is excellent reading for all teachers . . . I plan to share it with my colleagues immediately.Teaching Children Mathematics
Synopsis
In Wrestling with Change, Lew Romagnano details his and a colleague's experiences transforming two ninth grade general mathematics classrooms into problem-centered environments.
Synopsis
In
Wrestling with Change, Lew Romagnano details his and a colleague's experiences transforming two ninth grade general mathematics classrooms into problem-centered environments. Practicing mathematics teachers will recognize elements of their own work in the story told here. Prospective teachers and teacher educators will find themselves in real mathematics classrooms via detailed vignettes of classroom events and the planning that led to them. Researchers of teaching will discover arguments built from a carefully constructed conceptual framework and rigorous qualitative research methods.
Moreover, readers will find a different interpretation of the work of teachers who are wrestling with change. They will find evidence that some of the difficulties that Romagnano and his colleague encountered were not simply problems that could be solved by diligent work. They were, in fact, dilemmas for which these teachers found no clear solutions, only equally-flawed alternative courses of action. To accomplish the goal of teaching real mathematics, they had to manage the dilemmas of change.
About the Author
Lew Romagnano is an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he teaches mathematics and conducts research on mathematics teaching and learning in real classrooms. He brings to these endeavors fourteen years as a high school teacher, eight summers as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation summer workshop instructor, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
Prelude to Change
Introduction
A Blueprint for Change
A Research Framework
Looking Ahead
Changing General Mathematics
The "Write a Story" Activity
Introduction
Prior to the Project
Project Goals and Curriculum Outline 1
Some Consequences of Our Work
Struggling with Change 1
The Coin Toss Game 1
Discussion 1
The Evolving Difficulty of Student Disengagement 1
Identifying the Difficulties of Change 1
Disengagement: A Response to Raised Expectations 1
Aspects of the Difficulties of Change 1
Summary
The "Good Problems" Dilemma 1
The Box That Holds the Most 1
Introduction 2
Interactional Influences 2
Personal Influences 2
Contextual Influences 2
Summary
The "Ask Them or Tell Them" Dilemma 2
Where Should I Put It? 2
Introduction 2
Interactional Influences 2
Personal Influences 2
Contextual Influences 2
Summary
The "Grading" Dilemma 3
A Conversation About Grading 3
Introduction 3
Evolution of the Grading Dilemma 3
Interactional Influences 3
Personal Influences 3
Contextual Influences 3
Summary
Summary and Implications 3
Plotting Points 3
Discussion