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About Marilyn Burns
In 1984, Marilyn founded Math Solutions Professional Development, an organization dedicated to the improvement of math instruction in Grades K-8. Working with a highly qualified team of in-service leaders, Marilyn offered specialized courses to teachers and administrators nationwide.
Soon after, Marilyn began writing and publishing to further support teachers, and provide districts with the resources they needed to implement in-depth and long-lasting change in their schools. Her book, About Teaching Mathematics, has been widely used for pre-service and in-service teachers. Her series of resources include Math, Literature, and Nonfiction; Teaching Arithmetic; Lessons for Algebraic Thinking; and A Collection of Math Lessons.
In 1991, Marilyn was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the Bank Street College of Education in New York.
In 1996, Marilyn received the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics for her influence on mathematics education. The nominators took special note of Marilyn's humor and compassion, saying: "Few professionals have touched and inspired so many math educators. She has taught us several important lessons. . . . We must treat teachers with respect, honesty, and a thoughtful vision. We must turn to student work to make sense of student understanding and achievement."
In 1997, Marilyn received the Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education from the Association for Women in Mathematics.
In collaboration with Scholastic in 2007, Marilyn developed Do The Math, a 13-module intervention program that focuses on Number and Operations. Do The Math targets addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. In 2011, Marilyn developed Do The Math Now!, extending Do The Math to serve students in grades 6 and up. In 2012, working with a team of Math Solutions colleagues, Marilyn developed a web-based formative assessment tool suitable for grades 5 and up, Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Also in 2012, Marilyn and Scholastic developed Math Reads, a program that helps teachers use children's literature for teaching mathematics.
Marilyn continues to bring her messages directly to children and is the author of more than ten children's books, including the best-selling The I Hate Mathematics! Book and The Book of Think. She launched Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Books for Scholastic with The Greedy Triangle; there are now five books in the series, including Spaghetti and Meatballs for All.
In 2010, Marilyn was inducted into the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame by the Association of Educational Publishers.
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In this fourth edition of her signature resource, Marilyn presents her current thinking and insights and includes ideas from her most recent teaching experiences.
Part 1, “Starting Points,” reflects the major overhaul of this book and addresses twenty-three issues important to thinking about teaching mathematics today.
Part 2, “Problem-Solving Investigations,” opens with how to plan problem-solving lessons; followed by whole-class, small-group, and individual investigations organized into five areas of the curriculum: Measurement, Data, Geometry, Patterns and Algebraic Thinking, and Number and Operations.
Part 3, “Teaching Arithmetic,” focuses on the cornerstone of elementary mathematics curriculum, offering ideas and assessments that build students’ understanding, confidence, and competence in arithmetic.
In Part 4, “Questions Teachers Ask,” features Marilyn’s responses to pedagogical questions she’s received from teachers over the years.More than forty reproducibles for About Teaching Mathematics are available to download in a printable format.
Presented in story form, the lessons reveal both the preparing and planning helpful for instruction, and:
-address a broad range of math content, some focusing on number and operations while others engaging students with geometry, patterns, algebraic thinking, probability, and more;
-are broken into sections to make it easier for you to translate them into your own teaching plans;
-include problem solving, writing about math, games, and one-day to multiple-day investigations;
-maximize students’ opportunities to talk so they have experience with verbalizing and clarifying their ideas; and
-encourage students to listen and learn from each other.
When appropriate, lessons include accompanying reproducibles, available in a downloadable, printable format.
The Audio Segments
Included with the lessons is online access to nine audio segments titled “Conversations with Marilyn.” In each segment, Marilyn, joined by longtime Math Solutions colleague Patty Clark, talks about teaching math. The segments focus on everything from What Makes a Good Problem? to The Meaning of Math Menus. Consider them your personal conversations, meant to support you further as you plan to use the lessons with your students.
Also in the book are references to blog articles Marilyn has written that are relevant to particular lessons. These articles and others can be read at marilyburnsmathblog.com.