ERIC Number: ED434010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
"So What?" Teaching Children What Matters in Math.
This book begins with a historical and social foundation for belief in the arbitrary nature of the traditional mathematics curriculum. Chapters reflect the way the author learned while working with children. Each chapter is a complete idea and it is not necessary to read them sequentially. Each chapter is illustrated by stories of different work with children and followed by a discussion of pedagogy. Children offered their thinking and their stories as an opportunity to understand the relationship between teacher, child, and context. This book is offered as a story of becoming a teacher who follows the lead of children instead of leading children. Chapter titles include: "The Disintegration of Math"; "Mathematics as an Extension of Culture"; "Watch Your Language"; "The Continuous Learning Community"; "Unpolluting Ourselves, Unpolluting Others"; "Don't Hold That Pencil, It Takes Half as Long"; "Talking It Out"; "Of Algorithms, Algebra, and Content"; "When Complexity Catches Up"; and "So What?" (ASK)
Descriptors: Algebra, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
Heinemann, 361 Hanover Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912 ($17); Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Foreword by Susan Ohanian.