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Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Techniques and Enrichment Units (7th Edition) [Paperback]

Alfred S. Posamentier , Beverly S. Smith , Jay Stepelman
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July 8, 2005 0131185209 978-0131185203 7
Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Techniques and Enrichment Units, 7th edition has been thoroughly revised to  discuss current methods of teaching mathematics, considering all aspects and responsibilities of the job, beginning with a brief overview of the history of mathematics education and how it has evolved over time to include standards for teaching and assessment.  The authors address how to craft rich and effective daily lesson plans, and how to use a variety of instructional tools and strategies to reach all students in a classroom.  Problem solving is a key focus from its instructional underpinnings to its recreational and motivational aspects.  The second part of the book provides mathematics teachers with a collection of enrichment units appropriate for the entire secondary school curriculum spectrum.


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The practical alternative to texts that are too long on theory and too short on techniques! In the first half of the text, the author presents a wealth of specific, step-by-step techniques and skills for teaching secondary mathematics. He includes such topics as preparing lessons and tests, motivating, designing assignments, and organizing the classroom. The second half consists of 120 self-contained enrichment units...hands-on ideas ready for use in junior and senior high classrooms, together with performance objectives, motivation ideas, teaching strategies, and pre- and post-tests...each cross-referenced to methods coverage presented earlier. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Key Benefit: The practical alternative to books that are too long on theory and too short on techniques! In the first half of the book, the author presents a wealth of specific, step-by-step techniques and skills for teaching secondary mathematics. Key Topics: Included are such topics as preparing lessons and tests, motivating, designing assignments, and organizing the classroom. The second half consists of 120 self-contained enrichment units...hands-on ideas ready for use in junior and senior high classrooms, together with performance objectives, motivation ideas, teaching strategies, and pre- and post-tests...each cross-referenced to methods coverage presented earlier. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (July 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131185209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131185203
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,350,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alfred S. Posamentier (River Vale, NJ) is the dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He was formerly the dean of the School of Education and professor of mathematics education at the City College of New York. He has published over forty-five books in the area of mathematics and mathematics education, including The Pythagorean Theorem: The Story of Its Power and Beauty; Math Charmers: Tantalizing Tidbits for the Mind; and (with Ingmar Lehmann) Mathematical Amazements and Surprises; The Fabulous Fibonacci Numbers; and Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but vague November 12, 2006
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Overall I found this book to be well written, informative, and practical. The main text covers the same information as general education courses but applies it to the mathematics classroom. My only complaint with the text is that it proposes solutions to problems or situations and then says that the teacher must decide what is best for the class. Yes, every class is different and the teacher knows the needs of the students better than an author, but while reading the book, I felt that the authors didn't want to committ to deciding what the best practice would be.

The appendix of enrichment plans is the reason I am not reselling the book. It includes so many activities to try with all levels of math students that I feel the price of the book might well be justified.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The book is a compilation of ideas and lists about effective teaching. I was unimpressed by some of the explanations by the author. He seems to be a little out of touch with what the curriculum and behavior management looks like in lower-income neighborhood schools. Easy reading because the book doesn't have much effective teaching inovation. I will not purchase another one of his books.
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This is an excelent text to use both in the college class room and everyday teaching. The text covers all developmental point of effective teaching. It puts to teacher in a positve position that makes you want to teach and students to learn. If you are looking to sharpen your skills in teaching Math, or any subject you need this text. If you follow it closely "IT WILL KEEP YOU OFF OF A PDP(Professional Development Plan)"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Math Education College Student November 27, 2011
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Teaching Secondary Mathematics: Techniques and Enrichment Units (8th Edition)

For my math pedagogy classes we use this Posamentier's Teaching Secondary Math and Van de Walle's Elementary and Middle School Math. I like Posamentier's much more. I could imagine the ideas of this book applied to honors math classes and the math oriented high schools. Posamentier uses a lot of Geometry examples in this book and they seem very useful for teaching geometry. I think there are a lot of challenging problems that are good for high school students: Erastothene's measuring the circumference of the earth, Gauss' arithmetic series. exploring triangle medians with Geometer, Birthday Probability Problem. Posamentier also uses the Graphing Calculator a lot with this book- model train distance problem, medication, compound interest. And yes, solutions and how to set up the problem on the Graphing Calculator are given. I don't remember, but I think Posamentier does include a fair amount of problems on how to use Excel to math problems like simple interest and probability.

Posamentier also provides math examples for motivating students: Tell a story, present a challenge, show the sequential knowledge, show a gap in student understanding. I feel that Posamentier knows his stuff, his tone in writing is concise and to the point.

The book doesn't include it, but I would like to have seen how Posamentier would exactly teach a high school math lesson.
Once again, there is a lot of geometry material presented in this book. I would have liked to have seen more trigonometry, there is a lack of examples on how to teach trig. I respect Posamentier, and I'm happy to have learned from his book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Math specificity March 23, 2014
By Stephen
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Great textbook. Many great examples on how to keep students engaged and provoke their own learning. Not being a super creative person, this math specific book allowed me to see examples of strategies that I didn't quite get how to transfer it to math when someone gave me an easy English example.
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