Book Review: How “Math in Practice” Transformed my Teaching

Chapter 6, lesson 1. Chapter 6, lesson 2. Chapter 6, lesson 3. This is what my lesson plan book used to look like for math. Sure, I differentiated, used small group instruction, and retaught as needed, but there was very little thought put into HOW to teach the lesson. I used manipulatives as appropriate, created interactive notebooks, had math centers for reinforcements and enrichment, and utilized technology for support. However, the reality is that my primary instruction left something to be desired. Despite the fact that I was a math major my first two years of college, math quickly became my least favorite time of the day. I dreaded the monotony of standing in front of the room, modeling and guiding students through problem after problem, only to have the majority not grasp the concepts taught. I knew I had to find a better way.