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Small Steps, Big Changes: Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics

Author: Chris Confer, Marco Ramirez

Availability: In Stock

Code: SHP2748

ISBN: 9781760562748

No of Pages: 156

Publish date: 09/11/2018

Description

During the past two decades, Chris Confer and Marco Ramirez have
worked to deepen and improve mathematics instruction at school around the US.
Wherever they go, they find the raw ingredients for success already present: “The
potential for positive change lies within each school. Abundance is present in
the form of capable children, teachers, coaches, and principals. Potential
energy – what can be – transforms into kinetic energy – what will be – only
when a force is accurately applied to move a school in the right direction.”

In Small Steps, Big Changes:
Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics
, the
authors identify eight tested principles that transform what can be an
overwhelming process into a set of comprehensible and concrete steps. Each phase
of the change process is brought to life through the stories and perspectives
of teachers, coaches and principals – stories that will strike familiar chords
for every educator.


When teachers make sense of maths, students learn to make sense of
maths, and that can profoundly change the entire culture of a school. In one
vivid illustration, the authors tell the story of Pueblo Gardens Elementary
School in Tucson, Arizona, where Marco, as principal, and Chris, as instructional
coach, worked alongside a group of dedicated teachers. A few years into the
change process, Pueblo Gardens – a school with 96 per cent of its students at
the poverty level and a high percentage of English as an Additional Language or
Dialect (EAL/D) learners – had 94 per cent of students meeting or exceeding
state standards in Year 3 mathematics. Over time, other year levels achieve
similarly high scores. And once the test scores rose, they were sustained at
high levels.