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

Conjecture

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One major drawback of having students spend their formative years memorizing facts is that facts change.

—Kelly Gallagher, Veteran Educator and Author

Most kids show up for kindergarten already making routine use of higher-order thought processes. They don’t need to be taught how to think. They need to learn how to examine, elaborate, and refine their ways of thinking and put this thinking to deliberate use converting information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom.

—Marion Brady, Teacher, Education Administrator, and Author

The Power of Mysteries

I am a fan of television crime dramas, shows like CSI and NCIS. Each week, I enjoy following along as the investigators gather the evidence and piece together the solution to a puzzling mystery. I try to anticipate where the story is ...

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