Small Steps, Big Changes

Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics

By: Chris Confer, Marco Ramirez

Foreword by: Steven Leinwand

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Code: SHP2748

ISBN: 9781760562748

No of Pages: 156

Publish Date: 09 November 2018

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During the past two decades, Chris Confer and Marco Ramirez have worked to deepen and improve mathematics instruction at school around the US. Wherever they go, they find the raw ingredients for success already present: “The potential for positive change lies within each school. Abundance is present in the form of capable children, teachers, coaches, and principals. Potential energy – what can be – transforms into kinetic energy – what will be – only when a force is accurately applied to move a school in the right direction.”

In Small Steps, Big Changes: Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics, the authors identify eight tested principles that transform what can be an overwhelming process into a set of comprehensible and concrete steps. Each phase of the change process is brought to life through the stories and perspectives of teachers, coaches and principals – stories that will strike familiar chords for every educator.

When teachers make sense of maths, students learn to make sense of maths, and that can profoundly change the entire culture of a school. In one vivid illustration, the authors tell the story of Pueblo Gardens Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, where Marco, as principal, and Chris, as instructional coach, worked alongside a group of dedicated teachers. A few years into the change process, Pueblo Gardens – a school with 96 per cent of its students at the poverty level and a high percentage of English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) learners – had 94 per cent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in Year 3 mathematics. Over time, other year levels achieve similarly high scores. And once the test scores rose, they were sustained at high levels.

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Price A$32.95
ISBN 9781760562748
Publish date 2018-11-09 00:00:00
Partner ID 20458
Partner Name Stenhouse Publishers
Key Learning Area Mathematics