So You Have to Teach Math? Sound Advice for Grades 6–8 Teachers


Get advice on the particular challenges of teaching math to middle school students.

Presented in the same question-and-answer format as So You Have to Teach Math? Sound Advice for K–6 Teachers, this book addresses the particular challenges of teaching math in the middle grades. The author provides in-depth answers to nearly 150 thought-provoking questions to offer direction and support for promoting the mathematical learning of all students. Teachers will find helpful ideas for leading class discussions, incorporating writing into math class, assessing and grading student work, dealing with homework issues, communicating with parents, and more.

This book is part of the So You Have to Teach Math?, Complete Series.

Cheryl Rectanus
216 Pages

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Reviewed by Jessica L. Woody of Dexter Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee. From the October 2007 issue of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, © 2007 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc. All rights reserved. For use associated with the Math Solutions website at only. This material may not be copied or distributed electronically or in other formats without written permission from NCTM.

Many teachers, as well as students, are scared of mathematics. Being told that you have to teach mathematics can send shivers down the spines of even the most seasoned teachers. This book is an excellent source for both new and experienced middle school mathematics teachers. It addresses many real-life questions and fears with easy-to-apply, down-to-earth suggestions and examples. Rectanus addresses topics from cooperative grouping in the mathematics classroom to preparing students for standardized testing.

For new mathematics teachers, this book will help focus your thoughts as you begin to plan for instruction and organize the classroom environment. For current teachers of mathematics, the content presents many opportunities for you to analyze and reflect on your current methods of instruction and classroom organization. This book is a welcome addition to any professional library.

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