Elementary Mathematics for Teachers is a textbook for a semester or two-quarter university course for pre-service teachers. It is also appropriate for courses for practicing teachers.
This book focuses exclusively on K-8 mathematics. It develops elementary mathematics at the level of "teacher knowledge". To that end, the text uses five Primary Mathematics Textbooks as a source of problems and to repeatedly illustrate several themes, including:
- How the nature of a mathematics topic suggests a particular order for classroom development.
- How topics are developed through "teaching sequences" which begin with easy problems and incrementally progress until the topic is mastered.
- How the mathematics builds on itself through the grades.
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