The book for elementary education mathematics content courses!
Designed to help prospective teachers of elementary school mathematics learn content beyond the rote level, this text stimulates readers to think beyond just getting the problem right and fosters their development into thoughtful, reflective, self-motivated, life-long learners. It stresses the what and why of elementary school mathematics content. Hints are provided about "how" to teach the content but this is mostly left to courses and texts that are dedicated to that purpose.
The text is organized around the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics' Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The Standards dictate the basic sections of the text. Within each section, appropriate specific topics are developed and intertwined with technology, problem solving, assessment, equity issues, planning, teaching skills, use of manipulatives, sequencing, and much more. In addition, major focal points of the Standards are emphasized throughout: effective teachers of mathematics should be able to motivate all students to leam, understand the developmental levels of how children learn, concentrate on what children need to become active participants in the learning environment, and be engaged in ongoing investigations of new mathematical concepts and teaching strategies.