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

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ISBN-13: 978-0131185203
ISBN-10: 0131185209
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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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This practical book leads the way in secondary mathematics instruction with unique enrichment units, technology updates, and a highly readable style. It provides step-by step techniques on preparing lessons and tests, motivating students, designing assignments, and organizing the classroom. Also included are “hands-on” activities enrichment units, teaching strategies, and pre- and post-tests that are cross-referenced to methods presented earlier in the text. Explores the use of technology, with special emphasis on the application and uses of the Geometer's Sketchpad software program. Also updates the graphics calculator's application in the classroom and includes extensive references to the World Wide Web. Provides a more detailed discussion of problem-solving strategies, in a particularly strong chapter on problem solving, which reflects the mandate that problem solving, be one of the prime concerns for mathematics instruction today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 7 edition (July 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131185209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131185203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,283 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 By K. Belmonte on 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 By Jay B Jackson on January 16, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Math Education College Student on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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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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By Stephen on March 23, 2014
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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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By Heather M. Pond on July 28, 2013
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I took a course in my undergrad that's emphasis was on teaching Secondary Mathematics; however, didn't use much of the book. I ended up hating the class and used this book to supplement many of the things I felt the course lacked.
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