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ERIC Number: EJ1052256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Three Strategies for Opening Curriculum Spaces
Drake, Corey; Land, Tonia J.; Bartell, Tonya Gau; Aguirre, Julia M.; Foote, Mary Q.; McDuffie, Amy Roth; Turner, Erin E.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v21 n6 p346-353 Feb 2015
Many teachers experience the tension between using published curriculum materials and teaching in ways that are responsive to children. Teachers are often expected to use a particular mathematics curriculum series, but they still want to be able to build on and connect to children's multiple mathematical knowledge bases (MMKB). Children's MMKB include children's mathematical thinking and children's home- and community-based mathematical funds of knowledge (Carpenter et al. 1999; Gonzalez, Moll, and Amanti 2005; Turner et al. 2012). Children's experiences using mathematics as part of home or community activities, as well as family practices that involve mathematics, are all part of children's home- and community-based mathematical funds of knowledge. Children's mathematical thinking includes the multiple strategies that students use to solve problems, if given the opportunity, as well as common confusions or misconceptions that children might have. In several of its standards, the Common Core State Standards for School Mathematics (CCSSM) calls for students to use multiple solution strategies (CCSSI 2010). Students make sense of problems and develop multiple solution strategies by connecting problems to their own experiences both in and out of school and by using and building on all of their MMKB. In this article, the authors suggest three strategies for opening spaces for children's MMKB in the curriculum materials, and they provide examples of those strategies, using the Grade 4 "Everyday Mathematics" (UCSMP 2007, pp. 406-11) lesson. They focus on lesson changes that stay consistent with the stated lesson objective while opening spaces for children's MMKB.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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