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Problem Solving To Brain Breaks

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on September 7, 2011

Problem solving in mathematics Grades 3-6: powerful strategies to deepen understanding, by Alfred S. Posamentier and Stephen Krulik.  

Each chapter begins with a problem posed for the teacher. Compare your solution with that suggested.  Work out several problems intended for students.   Compare the teacher solution with those intended for the students.  Teaching notes included.

The book is divided into nine strategies: organizing the data; intelligent guessing and testing; solving a simpler, equivalent problem;  acting it out/simulating the action; working backwards;  finding a pattern;  logical reasoning;  making a drawing;  adopting a different point of view.

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Brain breaks for the classroom Grades K-5 : quick and easy breathing and movement activities that help students reenergize, refocus, and boost brain power- any time of the day! by Michelle Gay.

Each activity pairs simple step-by-step directions with an imaginative prompt to enhance students movement experience.  Variations and tips are provided to offer easier modifications and more rigorous challenges.  Choose one brain break to do during a short transition or put together a series of exercises for alonger break.  Fosters individual and group focus.

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Teaching the female brain: how girls learn math and science, by Abigail Norfleet James.

Taking the position that both biology and environment influence how girls learn, the focus is on making sure that teachers recognize and understand the cognitive gender differences and social influences that affect how girls learn.

Dr. James establishes a broad understanding of gender differences and an awareness of the many ways to influence positively girls’ confidence in math and science.  Specific strategies for math (ch. 4) and science (ch.5) are covered.  Some boys who approach the learning process in ways similar to girls will also benefit from the approaches discussed.  Finally suggestions are included for developing schoolwide programs to help all students.

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Teaching numeracy: 9 critical habits to ignite mathematical thinking, by Margie Pearse and K.M. Walton; foreword by Arthur Hyde.

Each of the chapters in Part I is devoted to one of the nine habits.  The appendix contains sample numeracy-based lesson plans such as the introduction to division (Grades 2-3), elapsed time (Grades 5-6) ; surface area of a right rectangular prism (Grades 7-8). Part II focus is on the how, and the style of lesson planning.  Five essential components of a numeracy based mathematics lesson are developed.

Transform mathematics learning from “doing” to “thinking.”  Applications throughout the book show how to monitor and repair students’ understanding; represent mathematics nonlinguistically; develop students’ mathematics vocabulary; create numeracy-rich lesson plans.

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