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Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class, Grades 6-8


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Part I: Why Jump-Start Routines? The First Few Minutes of Mathematics Class Why the Traditional Warmup Doesn't Work The Problem with Going Over Homework Jump-start Routines: New Warmups for a New Era Routines for Reasoning in Mathematics Routines for Improving Number Sense and Fluency Building Number Sense and Fluency Over Time with Routines 10,000 Hours of Practice Routines that Satisfy the Need for Quality Practice Routines for Achieving Improved Performance Routines for Rehabilitating Number Pluckers, Pluggers, and Crunchers Routines for Growth Mindset Routines to Honor and Leverage Errors Routines to Actively Develop Confidence Implementing Jump-Start Routines Routines that are Ready for Use Flexible Use Timing of Routines: How Long? When? Which Routines to Use? Plan for the Routine Select the Routine Routines Set the Stage for Meaningful Discourse Practical Advice for Routines Modify, Modify, Modify Identifying or Creating the Content or Topics Using Routines Formatively Be Committed and Creative Part II: The Routines Picture It Where's the Point? Is This the End? That's a Fact Math Yapper Broken Numbers It's About The Best Tool Relating Three Two Columns Numbered Star Switcharoo Express It Relating Without Calculating More or Less Somewhere in Between Patterns and Generalizations If I know This What It Takes to Make Two Truths and a Lie Part III: Where to Go Next Make a Plan Identify Content for Routines Identify Routines Determine the Rotation Give It Time Set Goals Adjust to Their Adjustments Further Modifying Routines Design Your Own Routines Work Collaboratively and Share the Load Jumpstart Mathematics Engagement, Number Sense, and Reasoning

About the Author

John SanGiovanni is a mathematics supervisor in Howard County, Maryland. There he leads mathematics curriculum development, digital learning, assessment, and professional development for 41 elementary schools and more than 1,500 teachers. John is an adjunct professor and coordinator of the Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader graduate program at McDaniel College. He is an author and national mathematics curriculum and professional learning consultant. John is a frequent speaker at national conferences and institutes. He is active in state and national professional organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Dr. Eric Milou is a professor of mathematics at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Dr. Milou has taught at Rowan for the past 20 years and served six terms as the President of the Rowan University Senate from 2007 to 2013. He previously served as President as the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey, the program chairperson of the 2007 NCTM annual meeting and has extensive speaking experience on standards based reform in mathematics. He is one of the authors of digits, EnVisions 6-8 and EnVisions A|G|A (published by Pearson) and was the recipient of the Max Sobel Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award in 2009.


"Too often, middle school and high school teachers say, `These students are lacking number sense.' These books will help secondary teachers with good pedagogy to help build number sense in a creative way. John SanGiovanni and Eric Milou have created short routines that are teacher-friendly, with lots of examples, and easy to adapt to each teacher's needs. These are the books that secondary teachers have been waiting for to help engage students in building number sense."
-- Pamela J. Dombrowski, Secondary Math Specialist
"Thank you, John and Eric, for creating this practical resource that supports and guides middle school mathematics teachers in redesigning beginnings of mathematics lessons to capture attention and engage ALL students in mathematical reasoning, mental mathematics, and discourse in order to develop deeper understandings of number and improve overall mathematics learning. This book is a necessary resource for EVERY middle school mathematics teacher!" -- Becky Walker
"The Routines and Examples provided in this book will prompt teachers to rethink how they begin class in order to transform the first 5-10 minutes to be more meaningful and relevant for students." -- John W. Staley

"Every middle school math teacher needs this resource! SanGiovanni and Milou offer a powerful solution to an age-old problem: how to effectively start a lesson. Their lesson opening "low floor/high ceiling" tasks will immediately motivate and engage students in mathematical reasoning and sense making - the critical thinking and problem solving skills students most need today."

-- Matt Larson, Ph.D.

"This book, these Routines, will jump start your mathematics lessons as students use reasoning to truly develop and deepen their sense of number. What a great resource! Use it - every day!"

-- Francis (Skip) Fennell, Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies Emeritus, Project Director Elementary Mathematics Specialists and teacher Leaders Project-McDaniel College

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