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Carol Malloy edits book series on teaching mathematics in diverse classrooms

Carol E. Malloy, associate professor of mathematics education, has edited a book series titled Mathematics for Every Student: Responding to Diversity. Published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the three volumes in the series cover various grade levels—PreK-Grade 5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.   

The series addresses the fact that all students learn differently.  In these volumes, diversity is defined as different languages, races, genders and socioeconomic classes, but also as different ways of thinking and learning.  All three volumes focus on helping teachers develop strategies for providing high-quality mathematics instruction to all students so they can successfully learn mathematics in increasingly diverse classrooms from prekindergarten through grade 12.  The chapters are arranged in three different formats: cases of classroom practice, instructional strategies and teacher development.

The recently published Grades 6-8 book is composed of 10 chapters that offer unique topics and titles such as “‘What Question Would I be Asking Myself in My Head?’: Helping All Students Reason Mathematically,” “Adding Integers: From the Classroom to the Field” and “My Students Aren’t Motivated—What Can I Do?” All chapters are written by teachers or former teachers and are based on first-hand experience and observations.

The Grades 9-12 book, also recently released, guides high school teachers in teaching more advanced mathematics to groups of diverse students. The 12 chapters in this volume cover topics ranging from “Mathematics Instruction and Academic English: Adapting Problems for Varying English Proficiencies” to “Yes, You Can: Teaming to Support Lower-Attaining Students in Accessing Algebra” to “Discussions of Mathematical Thinking: Engaging All Students in Learning Mathematics.”  Techniques suggested in this volume include, for example, comparing ancient Egyptian mathematics technology with more current forms of problem solving and encouraging students to become a community of mathematicians. 

The PreK-Grade 5 book is expected to be released later this spring.  It consists of 15 chapters that aim to teach students solid fundamentals in mathematics to prepare them for the more advanced classes taught in the upper grades.  Topics include using stories to teach mathematics, the advantages of co-teaching and increasing parent involvement in children’s mathematical learning.

Collaborating with Malloy as series editors were two School of Education graduates, who served as volume editors.  Mark Ellis (Ph.D. ’05) of California State University, Fullerton, served as the volume editor of the Grades 6-8 book and Julia Sliva Spitzer (Ph.D. ’98) of San Jose State University is one of the two volume editors of the Pre-K-Grade 5 book.  Several other School of Education professors, graduates and current students, and local teachers contributed chapters, including Professor Susan Friel, Crystal Hill (M.A.T. ’01, Ph.D. ’08), David Pugalee (Ph.D. ’95), Lan Hue Quach (Ph.D. ’04), Catharina Ringer, doctoral student in Culture, Curriculum and Change, and Tery Gunter, second-grade teacher at Little River Elementary School in Durham, N.C.