Synopses & Reviews
Making mathematics concepts understandable is a challenge for any teacher—a challenge that's more complex when a classroom includes students with learning difficulties. With this highly practical resource, educators will have just what they need to teach mathematics with confidence: research-based strategies that really work with students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, or mild cognitive disabilities. This urgently needed guidebook helps teachers
- Understand why students struggle.
Teachers will discover how the common learning characteristics of students with learning difficulties create barriers to understanding mathematics.- Review the Big Ideas.
Are teachers focusing on the right things? A helpful primer on major NCTM-endorsed mathematical concepts and processes helps them be sure.- Directly address students' learning barriers.
With the lesson plans, practical strategies, photocopiable information-gathering forms, and online strategies in action, teachers will have concrete ways to help students grasp mathematical concepts, improve their proficiency, and generalize knowledge in multiple contexts.- Check their own strengths and needs.
Educators will reflect critically on their current practices with a thought-provoking questionnaire.
With this timely book—filled with invaluable ideas and strategies adaptable for grades K–12—educators will know just what to teach and how to teach it to students with learning difficulties.
Review
"An excellent big-picture approach to teaching mathematics." Sally L. Smith
Synopsis
With this highly practical resource, educators will have just what they need to teach mathematics with confidence: research?based strategies that really work with students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, or mild cognitive disabilities. This urgently
About the Author
David Allsopp, Ph.D., received his doctorate in special education from the University of Florida in 1995. Prior to this, he was a teacher for middle school students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavior problems in Marion County, Florida. Dr. Allsopp's research and writing interests have focused primarily on instructional methods for students with learning and behavior problems. He has authored or co-authored journal articles, has co-developed instructional development web sites and CD-ROMs, has co-authored multiple federal- and state-funded grants, and regularly presents at state and national conferences. Dr. Allsopp is a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and Phi Delta Kappa. He continues to be involved in public schools by working collaboratively with schools and school districts to develop effective school-university partnerships.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Acknowledgments
I. How This Book Can Help Teachers and Their Students
- Introduction
- Universal Features of Meaningful Mathematics Instruction for Struggling Learners
II: Understanding and Teaching the Big Ideas in Mathematics- The Big Ideas in Mathematics and Why They Are Important
- The Importance of Valuing Mathematics and Mathematics Instruction for Struggling Learners
III: Barriers and Gateways to Meaningful Mathematics Instruction- Common Learning Characteristics that Make Mathematics Difficult for Struggling Learners
- Curriculum Barriers to Learning Mathematics
- How Struggling Learners Can Learn Mathematics
IV: Assessment and Teaching Strategies for Making Mathematics Meaningful- Making Instructional Decisions: Determining What and How to Teach
- Teaching for Initial Understanding: Using Effective Instructional Practices
- Building Proficiency: Using Effective Student Practice Strategies
- Planning Effective Mathematics Instruction in a Variety of Educational Environments
- Using Technology to Promote Access to Mathematics
References
Appendix A: Blank Forms and Charts
Appendix B: Sample Mathematics Dynamic Assessment Charts and Lesson Plans
Index
About the Authors
Acknowledgments
I. How This Book Can Help Teachers and Their Students
- Introduction
- Universal Features of Meaningful Mathematics Instruction for Struggling Learners
II: Understanding and Teaching the Big Ideas in Mathematics- The Big Ideas in Mathematics and Why They Are Important
- The Importance of Valuing Mathematics and Mathematics Instruction for Struggling Learners
III: Barriers and Gateways to Meaningful Mathematics Instruction- Common Learning Characteristics that Make Mathematics Difficult for Struggling Learners
- Curriculum Barriers to Learning Mathematics
- How Struggling Learners Can Learn Mathematics
IV: Assessment and Teaching Strategies for Making Mathematics Meaningful- Making Instructional Decisions: Determining What and How to Teach
- Teaching for Initial Understanding: Using Effective Instructional Practices
- Building Proficiency: Using Effective Student Practice Strategies
- Planning Effective Mathematics Instruction in a Variety of Educational Environments
- Using Technology to Promote Access to Mathematics
References
Appendix A: Blank Forms and Charts
Appendix B: Sample Mathematics Dynamic Assessment Charts and Lesson Plans
Index