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Nancy C. Anderson
Nancy Anderson is K-8 Mathematics Coordinator and Grade 8 Mathematics Teacher at Milton Academy. Nancy is an experienced classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional developer. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and a published author in the field of mathematics education. Nancy’s publications include Classroom Discussions in Math and Good Questions for Math Teaching, Grades 5-8. Nancy earned her undergraduate degree at Boston University, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds the degrees Master of Education and Doctor of Education from Boston University. She lives in Milton, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
“You can’t learn to hit a three-point shot without missing a lot of shots. You can’t learn to play a piece of music correctly without striking a lot of wrong notes.” And, as Nancy Anderson explains in What’s Right About Wrong Answers: Learning From Math Mistakes, Grades 4-5, “You can’t learn math without making mistakes.”
Anderson turns mistakes on their head and helps you cleverly use them to students’ advantage. Each of the twenty-two activities in this book focuses on important ideas in grades 4–5 mathematics. By examining comic strips, letters to a fictitious math expert from confused students, and sample student work containing mistakes, your learners explore typical math mistakes, reflect on why they’re wrong, and move toward deeper understanding.
Each activity includes:
A summary of the mathematical content and highlighted error
Common Core connections
Prerequisite knowledge that students need
Big underlying math ideas
Suggestions for implementing the activity
Each activity can be used to enhance units of instruction and help students prepare for assessments that are aligned with the Common Core and similar state standards.
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