By Angela Andrews and Paul R. Trafton
How do you incorporate real-world math problem solving into your early childhood classroom? If that is a question you often ask yourself, this is the book for you. Throughout this book, researcher Paul Trafton and preschool/kindergarten teacher Angela Andrews write about a year of math engagement in an early childhood classroom in Naperville, Illinois.
In the descriptions of projects and problem-solving endeavors the reader is able to learn about the importance of observation, how to think outside the box, and how to truly follow the lead of the students to create interactive learning environments. The ten stories in the book walk the reader month by month through a school year to show the knowledge building process, a true sense of what a community of learners looks like and feels like, the importance of perseverance; as well as making sense of problem solving in a developmentally appropriate way. Additionally, Angela, the teacher described in this book, also provides reflection on her teaching choices, a key area of the teaching profession.
Reviewed By: Anni ReinkingTags: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Mathematics, Problem Solving, Professionalism