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Mathematical Argumentation in Middle School - The What, Why, and How

  • Title:Mathematical Argumentation in Middle School - The What, Why, and How: A Step-by-Step Guide With Activities, Games, and Lesson Planning Tools
  • Author:Jennifer Knudsen, Harriette Stevens, Teresa Lara-Melroy, Hee-Joon Kim, Nicole Schectman
  • Publication Date:September 2017
  • ISBN:9781506376691
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Get them talking: Your formula for bringing math concepts to life!

Want your middle schoolers to intelligently engage with mathematical ideas? Ready to help them construct and critique viable arguments that meet tough Standards for Mathematical Practice 3 standards? Look no further. This research-based gem will help you foster the critical reasoning and argumentation skills every student needs for intelligent discourse within our modern society. Learn how to bring mathematical argumentation alive in your classroom—all within a thoroughly explained four-part model that covers generating cases, conjecturing, justifying, and concluding.

Filled with content-focused and classroom-ready games, activities, vignettes, sample tasks, and links to online tools and a rich companion website, this innovative guide will help you:

  • Immediately engage students in fun, classroom-ready argumentation activities
  • Plan lessons that foster lively, content-driven, viable argumentation
  • Help students explore mathematical ideas and take ownership of their learning
  • Facilitate deep mathematical understanding
  • Promote students’ precise use of mathematical language to construct, justify, and critique mathematical ideas and mathematical statements or the arguments of others
  • Encourage logical, clear connections between abstract ideas for enhanced 21st century skills

This guide delivers all the tools you need to get serious about mathematical argumentation and bring well-planned, well-constructed mathematical discourse to life in your classroom today!

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Author Bio

Jennifer Knudsen has been working in mathematics education since her days as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and as a teacher in in New York City Public Schools. She has focused on students’ engagement in mathematics as an equity issue throughout her career, including work on numerous curriculum and professional development projects. She directs the Bridging Professional Development project as part of her role as a senior mathematics educator at SRI International. She holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College, where she learned to love mathematical argumentation. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter.

Harriette S. Stevens attended the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in Mathematics. She received her Doctorate in Education, with a focus on curriculum and instructional design, from the University of San Francisco. She was the director of a mathematics professional development program for K-12 teachers at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. In this capacity, she worked in partnership with several urban-school districts, and designed PD and instructional materials to help improve teachers’ understanding of mathematics content and their students’ preparation for success in college and careers. Currently, she is a consultant with the Mathematics Education Group, San Francisco and co-director of the Bridging professional development project at SRI International, Menlo Park. Her interests include a focus on strengthening teachers' knowledge of mathematics content and the ways in which this knowledge is used to advance classroom discourse and problem solving in urban schools.

Hee-Joon Kim, Ph.D. is a mathematics education researcher at SRI International located in Menlo Park, CA. Her research focuses on understanding classroom discourse that supports mathematical argumentation in middle school. She has expertise in designing curriculum materials with dynamic tools for students in middle grades. She has been involved in research-based professional development projects that focus on improving classroom practices that support conceptual understanding and promote equity. She received a B.S. in Mathematics at Ewha Womans University in South Korea and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Nicole Shechtman, Ph.D., is a senior educational researcher at SRI International located in Menlo Park, CA. Her research and evaluation work explores critical issues in mathematics teaching and learning, innovative uses of educational technology, and the development of social and emotional competencies, such as effective communication, teamwork, and everyday problem-solving. She holds a PhD in psychology from Stanford University.

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