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Styles and Strategies for Teaching Middle School Mathematics

Styles and Strategies for Teaching Middle School Mathematics
21 Techniques for Differentiating Instruction and Assessment

March 2010 | 208 pages | Corwin

"Having taught middle school mathematics for more than 20 years, I truly believe this is an awesome math methods book for middle school teachers. This research-based book fully documents the different learning styles and demonstrates tangible strategies that meet the NCTM process standards. Each chapter includes best practices, defines various strategies, and provides variations and extensions. Each strategy is explained in detail with actual practice problems and great discussion."
—Edna F. Bazik, Mathematics Education Program Coordinator
National-Louis University

Make mathematics instruction more effective by engaging learners of all styles!

One key to raising achievement in mathematics is to recognize that all students have preferred styles of thinking and learning. By rotating teaching strategies, you can reach learners through their preferred styles, as well as challenge students to think in other styles. Styles and Strategies for Teaching Middle School Mathematics provides a set of powerful, research-based strategies to help middle school teachers differentiate mathematics instruction and assessment according to their students' learning styles.

Presenting four distinct mathematical learning styles—Mastery, Understanding, Self-Expressive, and Interpersonal—this book offers classroom-tested instructional strategies that can be mixed and matched to reach all learners. Compatible with any curriculum or textbook, the book:

  • Explains how the strategies address NCTM process standards and students' learning styles
  • Includes step-by-step directions, examples, and planning considerations for each strategy
  • Provides reproducible forms for implementing the strategies
  • Offers variations and ways to adapt each strategy to meet a variety of instructional demands

With assessment components woven throughout, this invaluable guide helps middle school mathematics teachers effectively reach and teach today's learners.

About the Authors
Introduction: Building the 21st Century Mathematics Classroom
1. Mastery Strategies

Convergence Mastery

Vocabulary Knowledge Rating


Mental Math Strings

Graduated Difficulty

New American Lecture

2. Understanding Strategies

Reading for Meaning

Compare and Contrast

Concept Attainment

Math Busters

3. Self-Expressive Strategies

Metaphorical Expression

3-D Viewer

Modeling and Experimentation

Inductive Learning

4. Interpersonal Strategies

Reciprocal Learning

Collaborative Summarizing

Game Competition

Paired Learner/Cooperative Learner

5. Multi-Style Strategies

Task Rotation

Math Notes

Integrated Math Engagement


My math methods course is a combination elementary/middle school math course. I find this text allows for an easy transition between the two.

Deborah Secord
Teacher Education Dept, Dickinson State University
February 26, 2020

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