"This book pushes us to reconsider effective teaching by standing in a different place- with teachers and their curious students."
Glenda Lappan, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Mathematics, Michigan State University
"This collection of stories by teachers demonstrates that children collect and structure data, build their own arguments by appealing to evidence and reason to support claims, and revise models as needed. In all, a very impressive documentation that we have underestimated the capability of students to learn mathematics and science with understanding."
Thomas A. Romberg, Bascom Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This book looks at how teachers implement national math and science standards in their classrooms. A collaboration between Richard Lehrer and Leona Schauble (education researchers) and elementary school teachers, these teacher-authored chapters provide important insights about how children think and reason as they pose questions, collect data, and build data models to answer their questions. While the spotlight is primarily on student understanding and its development over time, the text also highlights teachers' professional development of a specific form of knowledge. Becoming a virtual observer" as teachers orchestrate data modeling activities in their classrooms, you'll see not just what was taught, but how it was taught.
Contents: Children's work with data; How children organize and understand data; How much traffic? Beep! Beep! Get that car off the number line!; What's typical? A study of the distributions of items in recycling bins; Shadows; Graphing; Graphing artistry: Data displays as tools for understanding literary devices; Data models of ourselves: Body self-portrait project; Classification models across the grades