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The Problem with Math Is English: A Language-Focused Approach to Helping All Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics Paperback – September 4, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1118095706 ISBN-10: 1118095707 Edition: 1st
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Published in partnership with SEDL, The Problem with Math Is English illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at only a superficial level. Written to inspire "aha" moments, this important new book offers teachers the tools they need to help their students identify and comprehend the nuances and true meanings of essential math concepts—such as multiplication, division, fractions, place value, and much more—by exploring them through the lenses of language and symbolism.

The Problem with Math Is English explains how language-focused conceptual instruction leads students to a deeper understanding than traditional procedural-based teaching methods. By placing emphasis on truly understanding math concepts, Dr. Molina shows that teaching math becomes easier when teachers are able to communicate the language, symbolism, and representation of math to all of their students.

"Teachers of mathematics of all levels who read and spend time with this fun and challenging book will strengthen their content knowledge and find confidence in their own ability to think and reason. When teachers truly understand and embrace the mathematics/language connections so richly illustrated in the book, they will be able to pass on to all of their students a depth of mathematical insight and joy they may never have imagined before."

Cindy Chapman, Mathematics Education Consultant; past member, NCTM Board of Directors

"In this easy to read book, Como Molina—with rare humor, insight and thoughtfulness—shares many of the lessons he has learned while providing professional development for mathematics teachers in U.S. public schools. Como delightfully challenged my own understandings of the important relationships between mathematical ideas and the language we commonly use to teach them."

Dr. Stephen Marble, Associate Professor of Education, Southwestern University, Georgetown , TX

About the Author

Concepcion Molina, Ed.D., is a program associate with SEDL, a private, nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination corporation based in Austin, Texas. Dr. Molina supports systemic reform efforts in mathematics and works to assist state and intermediate education agencies in their efforts to improve instruction and student achievement.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118095707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118095706
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Off Belay on December 12, 2012
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I found the first 3-4 chapters uninspiring, pedantic, and repetitive but I kept at it because I felt as if it could get good at any minute and am I glad I did!

I have always felt that math education suffers too much from a focus on procedure and a lack of emphasis on understanding the underlying concepts. The author has written a great book that addresses that specific issue. He peels back the onion on many topics. For example, he examines order of operations (PEMDAS), and asks why it may be so. He shows how it follows naturally from other more simple properties of math.

I have been struck numerous times while reading this book by my own lack of understanding of the fundamental underlying principles for the "rules" I have learned to apply so well.

While the book is targeted at primary and middle grades, I wish every math teacher at all levels would read this book. The attitude it inspires is important at all levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on July 8, 2013
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this book is amazingly pertinent to math education and should be required reading for anyone who is going to teach math. so many habits of our own school years are exposed and corrected. the emphasis on deep definitions, clear language, and contextual coverings for naked numbers leaves one excited about implementing these ideas. there were parts that i found difficult because i didnt have the mathematical skills that were the subject of discussion, but overall, extremely clear and accessible writing makes it easy to understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2014
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I am a Hugh school math teacher and I leaned quite a bit from this book. I learned that my use of language is really hurting my students. I never realized how easily what I say in class could be interpreted incorrectly. I have already changed the way I speak to my students and am planning to retool many of my lessons based on the ideas presented in this book. I will also be recommending it to other math teachers. Thank you for making me think differently.
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This is the second time I've bought this for Kindle. There was something about having a copy on too many devices and the book was important enough that I wanted to buy it again.
The information is clear and it's ideas are clearly transferable from the text to the classroom. Some things, (The Distributive Property), Ive been doing for several years before I read it in the book. I used some problems to challenge students who are too stuck on the crutch of the calculator.
I strongly agree that understanding the underlying structure of the language and translating that understanding to applications/problems builds a better, stronger student whose knowledge lasts past the next test.
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