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Oral Storytelling and Teaching Mathematics
Pedagogical and Multicultural Perspectives



March 2004 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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"This book presents two stories created by Michael Schiro and told by Doris Lawson in her mathematics classroom. The authors lay a foundation for weaving together mathematics and an epic story. The purpose of telling an epic story, one that takes several days to finish, is to "guide students through several stages of learning in order to help them develop mathematical skills." The story not only presents mathematical skills that students need to learn but also situates the mathematics in a context that is interesting, engaging, and relevant. Part 1, "The Wizard's Tale," discusses teaching addition and multidigit number. The full story, with commentary, is presented. This story is intended primarily for second-third-, and fourth-grade students. Part 2, "The Egypt Story," connects problem solving and the social studies curriculum by exploring ancient Egypt. This story has been used with sixth graders. An accompanying CD contains the complete text of each story and the worksheets used during the lesson. Various other materials needed are also described. If it is true that every teacher is an actor or actress at heart, the challenge to develop one's oral story-telling skills is intriguing. Equally important, however, is the rich discussion about such issues as the structural relationship among teachers, students, and mathematics; the pedagogical issues in teaching and learning mathematics; mathematics and culture; multicultural mathematics instruction; and ideology. I would definitely recommend this book to all those who teach mathematics."
-- Jean Morrow, Emporia State University, MATHEMATICS TEACHING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

"This book makes significant contributions to the field of mathematics education in many areas. Its use of oral storytelling as a means of teaching algorithms and problem solving, its presentation of a collaborative teaching model that can be generalized to all mathematics teaching, its presentation of a new perspective on problem solving, enhancing the currently popular approach, and its insights into multicultural mathematics all provide a wealth of knowledge for pre-service and in-service classroom teachers as well as mathematics education instructors."
--Dr. Rainy M. Cotti, Rhode Island College

"It is very well written. It avoids math education jargon, but at the same time discusses deep issues in the subject. References to the literature are useful and well chosen . . . . The book flows very well. very well. I liked the way of starting with stories and the stories of the classroom lessons. This gives a good foundation for the more theoretical discussions later in the book."
—Susan Addington, California State University, San Bernardino

Epic oral storytelling is an exciting new instructional method that complements existing ways of teaching. Oral Storytelling and Teaching Mathematics: Pedagogical and Multicultural Perspectives provides the first serious exploration of the role that oral storytelling can play in helping children learn mathematics.

Oral Storytelling and Teaching Mathematics contains two case studies of teachers telling epic oral stories to teach math to elementary and middle school students. The book also includes theoretical discussions of essential elements of oral storytelling, multicultural education, how oral storytelling can help children who have difficulty learning mathematics, and mathematical problem solving. This book significantly extends two pedagogical movements that have recently influenced mathematics teaching: the use of physical manipulatives and visual imagery and the use of children's literature. It takes a giant leap in leaving behind the written word for oral language and integrating serious mathematical explorations with fantasy.

Author Michael Stephen Schiro presents the teaching of mathematics—often a high-anxiety subject—in a non-threatening, innovative fashion via the use of epic storytelling. It is written in a conversational tone, and includes numerous sample illustrations. The book's presentation of stories, how a teacher actually used them in class (along with students' responses), and a discussion of the educational value of such strategies make this a comprehensive work that recognizes teachers' capabilities and concerns about employing the best available educational practices. The accompanying CD-ROM contains the full text of two epic stories plus additional worksheets, handouts, and artwork. This book will be of immediate interest to both pre-service and in-service teachers, and all educators devoted to providing children powerful mathematical and literary experiences.

 
Preface
 
The Wizard's Tale: Foundations of Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling
 
The Wizard's Tale: In Doris Lawson's Fourth Grade Classroom
 
Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling: Underlying Assumptions
 
Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling: Structural Relationships
 
Mathematical Epic Oral Storytelling: Pedagogical Assumptions
 
To Teach Or Not To Teach Mathematical Algorithms
Doris P. Lawson
Variations On The Wizard's Tale With Fourth Graders
 
The Egypt Story: Oral Storytelling, Problem Solving and Multicultural Mathematics
 
The Egypt Story: Doris Lawson Tells Sixth Graders An Oral Story
 
An Interview With Doris Lawson About The Egypt Story
 
Problem Solving: Mathematical And Multicultural
 
Mathematics And Culture
 
Multicultural Mathematics Instruction
 
Oral Storytelling, Mathematics, Ideology, and Multicultural Intentions
 
Bibliography
 
Index

“This book makes significant contributions to the field of mathematics education in many areas. Its use of oral storytelling as a means of teaching algorithms and problem solving, its presentation of a collaborative teaching model that can be generalized to all mathematics teaching, its presentation of a new perspective on problem solving, enhancing the currently popular approach, and its insights into multicultural mathematics all provide a wealth of knowledge for pre-service and in-service classroom teachers as well as mathematics education instructors.”

Dr. Rainy M. Cotti
Rhode Island College

“It is very well written. It avoids math education jargon, but at the same time discusses deep issues in the subject. References to the literature are useful and well chosen . . . . The book flows very well. very well. I liked the way of starting with stories and the stories of the classroom lessons. This gives a good foundation for the more theoretical discussions later in the book.”

Susan Addington
California State University, San Bernardino

"Schiro's book proposes the use of fantasy in the teaching of mathematics. Schiro maintains that the fantasy storytelling genre permits the use of mathematical manipulatives, imagery, symbols, diagrams, and algorithms by both the storyteller and the audience, allowing the listener to envision mathematical problems...This is an intriguing book."

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“Schiro’s book is a testament to the necessity of a diverse educational background.”

See full review at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Journal/bkrev_841.htm

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Key features
  • Presents a high-anxiety subject--teaching mathematics--in a non-threatening, innovative fashion via the use of epic story telling.
  • Written in conversational tone, with many examples of students' art work.
  • Accompanying CD-ROM contains the full-text of the two epic stories, plus additional worksheets, handouts, art, etc.
  • The book's presentation of two usable stories, how a teacher actually used them (along with children's responses), and the discussion of the educational value (the theoretical piece), makes this a comprehensive work that recognizes teachers as capable and concerned about using the best educational practice and knowing why it is so.

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