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Eyes on Math
A Visual Approach to Teaching Math Concepts

Marian Small
Illustrations by Amy Lin
Pub Date: November 2012, 240 pages

Paperback: $32.95, ISBN: 0807753912
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Downloadable PDF Visuals: Grades K–2 | Grades 3–5 | Grades 6–8
Downloadable JPEG Visuals: Grades K–2 | Grades 3–5 | Grades 6–8

“This book provides a way for both teachers and students to get used to talking about mathematics in nonthreatening, open-ended ways. The author’s friendly explanations of the mathematical ideas the pictures are intended to surface give teachers who are less confident about the conceptual aspects of mathematics the support they need to facilitate less-scripted mathematical discourse with their students.”
Lucy West, education consultant

This new book is an exciting follow-up to the authors’ bestsellers on differentiated math instruction, Good Questions and More Good Questions. Eyes on Math is a unique teaching resource that provides engaging, full-color graphics and pictures with text showing teachers how to use each image to stimulate mathematical teaching conversations around key K–8 concepts. Teachers using the book can download the images for projection onto classroom white boards or screens. The questions and answers will help both students and teachers look more deeply and see the math behind the math!

For each of more than 120 visuals, the text identifies the key math concept and the Common Core State Standard being addressed and then provides teachers with:

  • Mathematical background and context.
  • Questions to use with students to lead the instructional conversation.
  • Expected answers and explanations of why each question is important.
  • Follow-up extensions to solidify and assess student understanding.

This book will be useful to a broad range of teachers who will find new ways to clarify concepts that students find difficult. It can be used as a resource to prepare teachers for the higher mathematical thinking requirements of the CCSS Mathematical Practices. It will also be an invaluable resource for teachers working with students with low reading ability, including English language learners and special education students.

Marian Small is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick, longtime professor of mathematics education, and bestselling author. Visit her website at http://www.onetwoinfinity.ca for in-person and online professional development. Amy Linis a mathematics consultant for the Halton District School Board in Ontario.

Praise for Good Questions and More Good Questions!

“A must for any educator who is serious about reaching more students more often and achieving more positive results.”
Resources for the Mathematics Educator

“A valuable book for mathematics teachers, teacher educators, and faculty involved in differentiated instruction.”

“A great resource.”
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

“I highly recommend this user-friendly resource for all mathematics teachers.”
Teaching Children Mathematics

Also by Marion Small:
Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction, Second Edition
More Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics Instruction

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