Students pursue problems they’re curious about, not problems they’re told to solve. Creating a math classroom filled with confident problem solvers starts by introducing challenges discovered in the real world, not by presenting a sequence of prescribed problems, says Gerald Aungst. In this groundbreaking book, he offers a thoughtful approach for instilling a culture of learning in your classroom through five powerful, yet straightforward principles: Conjecture, Collaboration, Communication, Chaos, and Celebration. Aungst shows you how to  • Embrace collaboration and purposeful chaos to help students engage in productive struggle, using non-routine and unsolved problems  • Put each chapter’s principles into practice through a variety of strategies, activities, and by incorporating technology tools  • Introduce substantive, lasting cultural changes in your classroom through a manageable, gradual shift in processes and behaviors Five Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom offers new ideas for inspiring math students by building a more engaging and collaborative learning environment. “Bravo! This book brings a conceptual framework for K-12 mathematics to life. As a parent and as the executive director of Edutopia, I commend Aungst for sharing his 5 principles. This is a perfect blend of inspiring and practical. Highly recommended!” Cindy Johanson, Executive Director, Edutopia George Lucas Educational Foundation “Aungst ignites the magic of mathematics by reminding us what makes mathematicians so passionate about their subject matter. Grounded in research, his work takes us on a journey into classrooms so that we may take away tips to put into practice today.” Erin Klein, Teacher, Speaker, and Author of Redesigning Learning Spaces

Classroom Environment : A Medium for Change

Classroom Environment: A Medium for Change

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The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.

—Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard

You can’t be a lifelong learner if you have all the answers.

—Adam Bellow, Educator and Founder of EduClipper and WeLearnedIt

Why Classroom Culture?

In the last chapter, I cautioned you to avoid using this book as only a collection of tips, tricks, lessons, and project ideas, and instead to see it as an integrated framework for redesigning a classroom culture.

Why is this so important? To find out, let’s take a side trip to... mushrooms.

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