Publications

Mathematical Practices

www.mathematicalpractices.com

To become a successful mathematics teacher, you must first become a successful mathematics student. Ron Larson and Robyn Silbey's first edition of MATHEMATICAL PRACTICES, MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERS: ACTIVITIES, MODELS, AND REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES helps students aspire to be the best educators they can be. You'll find Classroom Activities integrated into each section; Examples that ask students to use math tools to demonstrate and deepen understanding, math concepts in the classroom; real-life Examples that model math concepts students find in daily life; and finally, to frame Ron and Robyn's approach, Common Core State Standards aligned to each lesson to provide future teachers with the knowledge of what their students should know at various grade levels.

Robyn has created short videos for each introductory activity in the book. Click here to view the activity for finding the area of a circle, or choose your own.


Teaching Children Mathematics, an NCTM Periodical


Robyn’s Coaches’ Corner column has appeared in every issue in the News and Views Section since March, 2011. The column offers sound advice to readers about coaching methods, teaching strategies, planning tools, and Standards-related information. The column will continue through Volume 22 of the journal for the 2015-2016 year.


Math Solutions Publications

So You Have to Teach Math: Sound Advice for K-6 Teachers (Burns & Silbey 2000)

So You Have to Teach Math? poses more than 100 questions that new and experienced K–6 teachers often ask themselves—and provides in-depth answers to these questions, no matter how large or how small. Marilyn Burns and Robyn Silbey’s responses are guaranteed to give teachers the support and direction they need to teach mathematics well.

Math Coach Field Guide (edited by Felux and Snowdy, 2006)
Chapter 6: Learning to Look: Structuring Teachers’ Observations to Improve Instruction, by Robyn Silbey

In Chapter 6 of this valuable resource, Robyn walks readers through her nationally utilized Lesson Observation Form. She emphasizes the necessity for the observer to watch students’ behavior during a lesson to completely assess a teacher’s effectiveness, and provides prompts to utilize as the lesson unfolds.


McGraw-Hill Education Professional Development

Using Bar Diagrams to Solve Word Problems; Part One: Routine and One-Step Problems

Bar Diagramming is a powerful visual-logical problem solving strategy focused on thinking and comprehension. Using this enhanced version of Singapore’s bar modeling, you can analyze, draw, and solve word problems. In Part One, Robyn introduces bar diagrams and demonstrates how they can be used to solve routine, one-step word problems. Add bar diagrams to your students’ problem solving toolbox!

Using Bar Diagrams to Solve Word Problems; Part Two: Non-Routine and Multi-Step Problems

Bar diagramming Bar is a powerful visual-logical problem solving strategy focused on thinking and comprehension. Using this enhanced version of Singapore’s bar modeling, you can analyze, draw, and solve word problems. In Part Two, Robyn demonstrates how to tackle non-routine and multi-step problems using bar diagrams. Add bar diagrams to your students’ problem solving toolbox!


Kagan Publishing and Professional Development

Mathematics - Higher Level Thinking Questions

The mathematics standards call for moving beyond memorization, rote learning, and application of predetermined procedures. The standards call on teachers to work toward a deeper conceptual understanding and to foster mathematical reasoning. How do we foster such a deep understanding of mathematics concepts? With deep-thinking math questions, of course. You’ll find questions for sixteen elementary mathematics topics to promote mathematical thinking and interaction in your class. 

Secondary Mathematics - Higher Level Thinking Questions

The mathematics standards call for moving beyond memorization, rote learning, and application of predetermined procedures. The standards call on teachers to work toward a deeper conceptual understanding and to foster mathematical reasoning. How do we foster such a deep understanding of mathematics concepts? With deep-thinking math questions, of course. You’ll find questions for sixteen secondary mathematics topics to promote mathematical thinking and interaction in your class.


American Institutes for Research/United States Department of Education

What the United States Can Learn From Singapore’s World Class Mathematics System (and what Singapore can learn from the United States.)  Appendix C: Professional Development Case Study

The Professional Development Case Study (Appendix C) chronicles strategies used to implement Singapore Math in a single elementary school. These clearly written, concrete, and easy-to-implement strategies can be easily applied to implementing any new program in a school.


Teaching Children Mathematics, an NCTM Periodical

Teaching Children Mathematics, NCTM, March, 1999 Mathematics educators know that authentic contexts provide a rich, meaningful backdrop to mathematics. This article illustrates how the newspaper can supply problem-solving opportunities with connections to the language arts, social studies, and science.

What is in the Daily News? Problem Solving Opportunities (March 1999)