Strong mathematics performance in the middle grades is more important than ever—and teachers entering the field need to prepare for this endeavor in new and innovative ways. This new approach introduces some basic concepts of number theory and modern algebra that underlie middle grade arithmetic and algebra, with a focus on collaborative learning combined with extensive in-class and out-of-class assignments.
Gives both pre-service and in-service teachers a fundamental understanding of the key mathematical ideas that they will be teaching, so that in turn they can help their students learn important mathematics. Directly connects college-level abstract algebra and number theory to standards-based middle grade mathematics curricula. Gives specific examples from middle-grade curricular materials to show readers the direct connections between the mathematics they are learning and the mathematics they will be teaching. Focuses on the mathematics in new reform materials. Offers Classroom Problems and Classroom Discussions that focus on discovery and collaborative learning.
A useful reference for teachers of middle-grades mathematics.