In planning the book, Designing Math Adventures, Kathy and I took Simon Sinek's advice and started by identifying our WHY: to support educators' efforts to improve K-8 math learning.
Based on our interactions with thousands of teachers, we can confirm that Brené Brown is right. Most of us are doing the best we can under the circumstances. This doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. We wrote this book to help teachers to make the subtle shifts necessary to change their current circumstances and improve the teaching and learning of math in their classrooms.
HOW can teachers change their circumstances? Sometimes it's as simple as doing more of what’s working and less of what’s not. The level of intentionality we are talking about requires an honest examination of our teaching practice. This type of reflection isn't always easy.
WHAT Designing Math Adventures offers is a design thinking tool that supports teachers in creating meaningful math lessons. By considering five straightforward questions, teachers can write a lesson that responds to the mathematical brilliance of their students in thirty minutes or less. We know teachers are incredibly busy, so we want to ensure that the approach is both sustainable and satisfying.
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