Review of “The Math Teacher’s Toolbox”

MiddleWeb just published a review of The Math Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students (Jossey-Bass, 2020), which I co-authored with Math for America Master Teacher Larisa Bukalov. Here is an excerpt of the review (link to the review appears below):

“After repeated negative experiences in math, many people develop math anxiety, which can then be passed on to the next generation of students by their parents or their teachers (pg. 1).

“In this volume, part of the Toolbox series edited by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Sypnieski (following The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox), Bobson Wong and Larisa Bukalov set out to help people not only overcome their math anxiety, but appreciate math and use it in the real world by equipping their teachers with, as the title indicates, hundreds of tools for their toolbox.

“The wide variety of topics, vital to both a strong learning environment and specifically to building math learners, critical thinkers and problem solvers, are addressed in this extensive reference. Drawing on both tried and true strategies and resources and the newest trends in education, Wong and Bukalov provide a very real classroom approach and perspective to every area of teaching math.

For instance, in their chapter on culturally responsive teaching they discuss strategies to move from being “color (culture) blind” – the idea that all students are the same – to the realization that this approach devalues all cultures. They provide strategies and tools to incorporate and honor the variety of cultures in our classrooms.

“This book should be part of new teacher training for all math teachers and will be a welcome resource in any math teacher’s professional library.”

The full review is available at: .

The Math Teacher’s Toolbox is available at .

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