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In this Overview book Cathy explains the series' teaching and learning philosophy and provides the professional understandings needed to establish a vibrant math workshop. After chronicling the motivations and ideals that inspire her work, Cathy describes how the series is designed to help students construct the big ideas, strategies, and models that shape the landscape of learning. Ensuing sections describe the architecture of an investigation and explain how the predictability of this framework fosters independence and collaboration. In addition to describing the management systems that make these investigations rigorous and responsive, Cathy suggests ways to sequence instruction and highlight how units can be used to enhance your existing curriculum.
Contents
Preface
Introducing Contexts for Learning Mathematics
Why We Wrote These Materials
 Mathematics or Mathematizing?
 The Role of Contexts
 The Importance of Emergent Modeling
 From Numeracy to Algebra
Our Teaching and Learning Philosophy
Depth versus Breadth
The Landscape of Learning
 Strategies, Big Ideas, and Models
 Learning as Development
Using the Materials
Description of Components
 Investigating Multiplication and Division Overview
 Resources for Contexts for Learning Mathematics CDROM
 Unit Books with Companion ReadAloud Books
 Resource Guides
Using Contexts for Learning Mathematics with Your Curriculum
Contexts for Learning Mathematics Professional Development
Teaching and Learning in a Math Workshop
Overview and Description
Developing the Context
Supporting the Investigation
Preparing for the Math Congress
Facilitating the Math Congress
Integrating Minilessons, Games, and Routines
Time Frame
A Session WalkThrough
Establishing a Mathematical Community
Final Words
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