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Angela Chan Turrou
Angela Chan Turrou has been hooked on how children think about mathematics since working on her first research project in South Los Angeles with her mentor, Megan Franke. She got to interview first-, third-, and fifth-graders about how they were thinking algebraically. She learned a lot from these bright young minds as she was able to contribute to a large-scale study about professional development in elementary mathematics.
Since completing her PhD in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Angela has since pursued a career as a researcher and educator, working at the intersection of children’s mathematical thinking, student engagement, and teacher learning in early childhood and elementary school settings. Her research work involves spending lots of time on classroom floors--whether it’s taking copious notes about how a four year old is counting a bag of pennies or repositioning a videorecording device to capture an intense problem-solving session between a pair of third-graders. Alongside the research work, Angela regularly engages with groups of teachers in professional development settings across Southern California, focusing primarily on Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI).
Angela loves working side-by-side with teachers at different points of their journeys--from teacher candidates who are making their first student teaching plans, to new teachers who are navigating the complex world of first-year teaching, to seasoned veterans who are still finding ways to learn and innovate. She is constantly inspired by teachers who, on a daily basis, put children's thinking at the center of their work and challenge the broader discourse of who does and doesn't get to be "good at math." She is also energized on a daily basis by the variety of students she gets to learn from, be they young preschoolers figuring out how to count the pencils before they roll off the table or middle school students asking thoughtful questions as they make real-life connections to the mathematics they are learning.
Angela was born and raised in Southern California and considers herself a lifelong member of the UCLA community (even though her husband Tyson hails from the crosstown rival USC). She loves living in Los Angeles and experiencing her town newly through the eyes of her daughter, Annie. And yes, of course she takes every opportunity she can to covertly capture the development of young Annie’s counting!
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Choral Counting & Counting Collections
In this influential book from collaborative authors Megan L Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou, Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK – 5 Math Classroom, explores ways in which two routines -- Choral Counting and Counting Collections -- can transform your elementary math classroom, your students' math understanding, and your partnerships with families. It paints a vision for how deeply and creatively children can engage with ideas of number and operations and mathematical reasoning through counting.
PreK – Grade 5 Counting Activities: Choral Counting & Counting Collections brings new depth and dimension to two foundational features of the elementary school curriculum consistent with national and state standards. The book is organized by grade-level bands
Choral Counting: Choral Counting involves the teacher leading students in counting aloud together followed by a lively discussion of patterns they notice in the number sequence
Counting Collections: In Counting Collections, students figure out how many items are in a collection of fun objects then come up with a way to record their strategy
New Strategies for Elementary Math: Choral Counting & Counting Collections demonstrates how to facilitate open-ended counting activities to deepen children's number sense as part of an approach to teaching student-centric mathematics
Benefits of Counting Activities: Counting activities can product both social and academic benefits and can help teachers engage with families to build on students' mathematical thinking
The authors have collected the wisdom of math teachers and researchers across the country who explore activities that are both playful and intentional, simple and sophisticated. If you're looking for ways to bring new energy into your math instruction, Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK - 5 Math Classroom is the perfect book for you and your students.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion