## Friday, August 3, 2012

### #myfavfriday My favorite Math Teaching Resource Books

I am jumping in to the twitter verse with today's post.  I am not sure if my hashtag worked so if you are here from twitter be kind.  I am a twitter infant.  :)  Today I would like to share with you some of my favorite math teacher resource books.  For some reason in the past few years, maybe it's due to my mental maturity (not old age I tell you) or the fact that the older I get the more of a math nerd I become, but whatever the reason, I have spent some serious change lately on buying math related resource books.  This hopefully redeems me for reading the Shades of Grey Trilogy in a matter of days.

1)  Challenge Math by Ed Zaccaro.  I purchased this book six years ago, after I was lucky enough to hear Ed speak at the National Gifted and Talented Conference in Chicago.  If you ever have the chance to hear Ed speak I highly recommend it.  The book's chapters are arranged by math topics, so there is a chapter on fractions, one on ratio and proportions, and so on.  One of the things I love the most about his book is that each topic has three levels of problems: one, two, and Einstein.  This makes it easy to differentiate in your classroom.  It would be an excellent resource for your problem solving repertoire.

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2)  Becoming a Problem Solving Genius by Ed Zaccaro.  I am a super fan of Ed Zaccaro and purchased some of his other books a few years ago.  I love this book because it actually teaches different problem solving techniques you can use.  For example there is a chapter on venn diagrams and how to use them as a problem solving strategy.  This would be another great addition to your problem solving toolbox.
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3)  Accessible Mathematics, 10 Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement by Steven Leinwald.  This book was required reading last summer as part of our District K-12 Math Review Committee.  I would recommend this book to anyone who teaches math!
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4) Mathematics Station Activities for Common Core State Standards published by Walch Education.  I previously posted how I used this book for Ratio and Proportional Reasoning Learning Stations.  This book is divided by common core domains.  This book is a great resource if you do stations.
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5)  Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally by John A. Van de Walle, Karen S. Karp, and Jennifer M. Bay-Williams.  This is the most expensive book I have ever purchased.  I read so much about this on blogs last summer.  I believe this is sometimes used as a college textbook for future math teachers.  I have perused this book and know it will be an excellent resources for me as I delve more into the common core standards.  This book was written before common core, but it does reference it in the 8th Edition I purchased.  This will be my go to resource as I work to build conceptual understanding and procedural fluency in my math students.
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6)  Guided Math by Laney Sammons.  I participated in an online  Guided Math Book Study with several other teachers this summer.  I really want to implement some of the facets of guided math into my classroom this year.  I loved the book study and have a to do list a mile long of things I need to do to get ready for guided math this school year.

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I would love to hear from all of you what your favorite math resource books are!  We are leaving Door County today and heading to Green Bay for the Packers Family Night and swimming at the Tundra Lodge Waterpark.  Happy Friday to you!

1. These are all NEW books to me! I love finding out about new ones that are out there to help motivate and push my teaching to the next level!

2. Oh man - I think I just found my "My Favorite Friday" post for next week! Thanks for sharing - I <3 new books :)

3. I just ordered 3 (yes, I went on a bit of a math-book-buying binge)of those, so I'm happy to see they were good choices. Now if I can just find the time to read them all...

4. Score! I just got the 8th grade version of the third book on your list from my book order this summer. I have to get into it this week and see what I can use. One activity calls for marshmallows. This could be a winner!

5. The Challenge Math is a great resource. I came across that when I taught 8th grade a couple years ago.

I just came across mathcounts.org the other day for some good problem-solving questions.

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