Whole School Maths Agreements

“The Mathematical Pact is an essential resource for educators who wish to develop and support a consistent school-wide approach to teaching and learning mathematics. The authors provide clear guidelines with examples and references to many resources to help you and your colleagues develop a common vision for you and your students in math class. A school-wide solution for students` mathematical success! “If you have anything to do with the transformation of math teaching and learning in your school, then stop now and read this book. Karp, Dougherty and Bush`s The Math Pact strategically navigates the complex subject of creating and maintaining a coherent math lesson by presenting readers with their school-wide math agreement and specific elements that ensure school-wide success. Building on the renowned work of authors Rules That Expire, this book guides readers through the essential components of best practices in mathematics education. This should be required reading for any math leadership program. “The Mathematics Pact is an important guide that takes stakeholders on a journey to create an agreement across the entire School of Mathematics (MWSA). This journey begins with an inside look at the teaching of mathematics in their schools, and then continues to compare their practices with best practices. Stakeholders come to their MWSA when they can ensure a message unit that fosters consistent and effective teaching in their school and even throughout their district.

Do you sometimes start teaching a mathematical concept and feel like you`re looking at a sea of confused faces? What if you find that students have already learned a computer trick or mnemonics that have ruined their long-term understanding? When “rules” seem to change from year to year, from teacher to teacher or from school to school, math can seem like a disjointed secret to students. Clear up the confusion with a comprehensive mathematics school contract! “As a fan of the articles `Rules that expire` and `Whole School Agreement`, I consider this resource a welcome addition to my professional library! In this practical and easy-to-understand book, the authors offer educators an extremely comprehensive and useful “guide” to establishing a whole-school mathematics agreement (MWSA). For those unfamily with the NCTM articles that initiated the movement, this resource defines what a MWSA is and why every school should create one. Most importantly, educators learn how to create and implement a MWSA and the role that each stakeholder in the school and district plays in its implementation. This user-friendly resource provides teachers, educators, parents, and administrators with a comprehensive plan that includes research-based practices, vignettes, class-specific examples, and tools to promote reflection. “Imagine for a moment the positive and impenetrable mathematical energy force field that could be created in a school if each teacher strategically and collaboratively concluded agreements on mathematical vocabulary, notations, representations and overall philosophy on how mathematics should be taught? Guess what! You don`t have to imagine it! No need to re-teach, revise previously taught material, and explain, “Well, in my class we do it, say it, write it this way.” Because let`s face it, these messages confuse students and families and can frustrate teachers. .

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