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Praise for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics. "Overall, this book is an excellent resource for those who are investigating the teaching of mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels...Above all, the emphasis on studentcentered problem solving is consistent with current trends and practices. This book is unique in that it challenges assumptions and traditional practices." Katherine Chamberlain, Lycoming College ~"I have used Van de Walle since it came on the market and still feel it is, by far, the best available! The layout is excellent. The philosophical basis of the text is superbIt's easy to read by both undergraduates and graduate students in that it makes connections between their experiences and the philosophical foundations. Three major strengths include the references to the NCTM Standards, inclusion of algebraic thought at all grade levels, and the continued development of the same themes and philosophical foundations." Tim Whiteford, Trinity College of Vermont ~" [One] of the major reasons why Van de Walle's text is so useful...is the text's involvement of the reader in the development of 'mathematical reasoning.' It creates a thinker." Timothy Touzel, Coastal Carolina University This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Elementary and Middle School Mathmatics: Teaching Developmentally Book Review
“It is fun to figure out the puzzle of how children go about making sense of mathematics and then how to help teachers help kids.” John A. Van de Walle, Late of Virginia Commonwealth University
This is the philosophy behind Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally. John A. Van de Walle wrote this book to help students understand mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach the subject to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Although he could not have foreseen the changes in mathematics teaching over the last three decades, he was at the forefront of the movement towards a constructivist view of teaching, or teaching developmentally. Constructivism says that children construct their own knowledge. They are not blank slates waiting to absorb whatever the teacher tells them. Teachers must understand both mathematics itself and how students learn mathematics in order to teach it effectively.
Learning through problem solving is another major theme of this book. Students solve problems not just to apply mathematics, but also to learn new mathematics. Effective problems will take into account where students are, the problematic or engaging aspect of the problem must be due to the mathematics that the students are to learn and not be diluted by nonmathematical activities such as cutting or pasting, and the problem must require justifications and explanations for answers and methods. Learning then becomes an outcome of the problem solving process.
The book also addresses in more detail than any other book on the market the effect that the trends of standardsbased education, increased pressure to test, and increased teacher accountability have had on teaching mathematics. He addresses the 2000 NCTM Standards in depth, in Chapter 1 on Teaching Mathematics in the Era of the NCTM Standards, through the NCTM icon that appears in the margins throughout the text, and in two appendices in the back of the book. Chapter 5 on Building Assessment into Instruction has also been heavily revised to focus on increased testing pressure, creating more explicit links between objectives and assessment, and including assessments for students with special needs.
Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally is a book for doing math today—for both students who want to become teachers, and the students they will eventually teach.
New To This Edition:
NEW! Revises Chapter 5 on assessmentDiscusses increased testing pressure and accountability, adds more information on equitable assessments, creates more explicit links between objectives and assessment, and includes assessments for students with special needs.
NEW! Updates the Literature Connections feature to remove all out of print children’s literature and include more nonfiction, poetry, and other types of readings.
NEW! Weaves the Focal Points throughout the chapters as well as links them with the Big Ideas feature—Focal Points have also been added to the Appendix.
NEW! Includes expanded coverage of working with diverse learners.
NEW! Gives greater emphasis on dealing with math anxiety.
This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. From the Back Cover
Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Seventh Edition
John A. Van de Walle, Late of Virginia Commonwealth University
Karen S. Karp, University of Louisville
Jennifer M. BayWilliams, University of Louisville
Written by leaders in the field of mathematics education, this bestselling book will help teachers and K8 students make sense of math. For each strand of the mathematics curriculum, numerous problembased activities are interwoven with a discussion of the mathematical content and how children develop their understanding of that content.
This book is uniquely designed to help your students:
 Prepare for mathematics instruction in today’s classroom:
 NEW! MyEducationLab website for this text presents classroom video, clips of teacher workshops presented by John Van de Walle, expanded lessons, real curriculum materials, children’s literature resources, and more. Margin notes throughout the text seamlessly integrate website material for instructors and readers.
 NEW! Field Experience Guide Connections at the end of each chapter showcase specific classroombased tasks, activities, and resources available to readers in the popular Field Experience Guide.

 Develop a constructivist and problem solving approach to the learning and teaching of mathematics
 NEW! Use the 2000 NCTM Principles and Standards and Curriculum Focal Points to inform their instruction by providing the most complete coverage of the NCTM guidelines available.
 UPDATED! Effectively integrate technology to support teaching and learning with comprehensive coverage of new technologies and teaching strategies.
 Practice doing the mathematics that they will teach through numerous activities in each of the 16 content chapters
 NEW! Meet the needs of all learners through discussion of differentiating instruction, adaptation of the response to intervention (RTI) model for use with students with special needs in the mathematics classroom, and more.
About the Author:John A. Van de Walle
Karen Karp is a Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Louisville (Kentucky). Prior to entering the field of teacher education she was an elementary school teacher in New York. Karen is a coauthor of Feisty Females; Inspiring Girls to Think Mathematically, which is aligned with her research interests on teaching mathematics to diverse populations. With Jennifer, Karen coedited Growing Professionally: Readings from NCTM Publications for Grades K8. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and a former president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).