New Edition of Teaching Resource for K–8 Math Answers Questions Teachers Are Asking


Alexandra Wladich

About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition by Marilyn Burns Gives K–8 Teachers Actionable Strategies to Help Students Become Confident Learners in Math

New York, NY —March 31, 2015— About Teaching Mathematics, an influential professional development book for K–8 math teachers, is now available in its fourth edition. The author, one of today’s most highly respected math educators and experts, Marilyn Burns, provides educators with the tools they need to navigate math curriculum and help their students build essential thinking and reasoning skills to fully understand mathematical concepts. The book is published by Math Solutions®, a leader in K–12 mathematics instruction and professional development for educators, and an arm of Scholastic Education:

In About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition, Marilyn shares proven strategies and instructional routines that she has used over the years, along with personal notes from her most recent teaching experiences. The book unpacks the essential content educators need to improve students’ understanding and achievement in math.

“Throughout my teaching career, I’ve worked to help my students become competent and confident mathematically,” said Marilyn Burns. “I also want them to be interested in math and curious about mathematical ideas. Writing About Teaching Mathematics has been an important part of my journey as a teacher. I offer this fourth edition to invite teachers along with me on my journey to helping students become successful learners of mathematics.”

The main takeaways educators will find in About Teaching Mathematics, Fourth Edition include:

  • More than 250 classroom-tested activities.
  • Sample whole-class lessons and independent activities.
  • A deep dive into the most important issues educators need to think about today when teaching mathematics, addressing general pedagogical concerns, assessing student understanding, incorporating problem solving, connecting mathematics and English Language Arts instruction, and more.
  • An overview of K–8 mathematical content areas including, measurement, data, geometry, numbers and operations, and patterns and algebraic thinking.
  • Specific strategies for teaching arithmetic, the cornerstone of K–8 instruction, that build student understanding and foster engagement.

Over the years, teachers have written to Marilyn asking for help with the topics found in About Teaching Mathematics. Within the book, she has responded to these questions by going deeper into the underlying needs of each topic. Marilyn is scheduled to speak more about mathematical practices and strategies, many of which are found in this book, at the annual conferences of both the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) this April in Boston.

About Marilyn Burns:
Over the course of more than 50 years, Marilyn Burns has taught children, led in-service sessions, spoken at conferences, contributed to professional journals, written more than a dozen books for children, and created more than 20 professional development resources for teachers and administrators. In 1984, Marilyn formed Math Solutions Professional Development, an organization dedicated to the improvement of math instruction in Grades K–8. Marilyn continues to teach regularly in classrooms, finding the experience essential to developing and testing new ideas and materials.

Visit Marilyn’s blog and hear her current thinking about math education and her ongoing classroom experiences and learning: Also, follow her on Twitter: @mburnsmath.

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