Saturday, May 12, 2012

Great Math Resources

A teacher friend recently asked me about my favorite math professional resources.  He was thrilled to be selected to teach all of the math for his grade level for next year (1st grade) and he wanted some advice about books to read over the summer to help him prepare.  But not just any books.  He wanted books which were filled with hands-on, inquiry based ideas!  My kind of books!  

It occurred to me, as I was contemplating my reply, that others may also be looking for the same thing.

Now typically, my favorite book is whichever one I may be currently reading. :)  And this year has been a big one for Professional Development books of the Math variety.  I will give you a couple of examples of great books you may want to add to your summer reading list.  Perhaps later I can go into greater details about their unique content.  You may have others that you think are worthy of mention.  Jot me a note if you do.  I am always looking for new resources to share with my teachers.

Here are two of my current favorites:

Number Talks by Sherrie Parrish
       Math Exchanges by Kassia Wedekind                 
You can see these books featured on my side bar bookshelf.  Click the link to check them out.


  1. Congratulations! I've given you the One Lovely Blog award. SWING on over to my blog to check out all the details. :-)

  2. Thanks for the award, Michelle! I love your blog!


  3. I'm always so impressed with anyone who specializes in math! I'm glad I found your blog. I'm always looking for ideas to teach math to my students as I am not a math person by nature. I'm your newest follower!

    2nd Grade Pad

  4. Hi Cynthia! Glad to have another friend join us! The funny thing is that I didn't set out to specialize in Math either. I honestly felt it was my weakest area so I set out to improve it. The rest is history!

  5. Thanks for the book suggestions! I'm always looking for more professional reading on math! :)
    Wild about Teaching!

  6. Just found your blog. I'm still pretty new to blogging. Do you use any Origo math materials? Come check out my blog when you have some time.
    Stories by Storie

  7. Your blog is adorable! I am happy to be your newest follower!

    I am excited to stalk you this summer because I know I will get TONS of math ideas! =)

    I would love for you to come and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  8. Hi Storie! I am not familiar with Origo math. Is it inquiry based? I use the Investigations series by Pearson. I love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Thanks Heather! I hope to have lots of fun stuff posted this summer so check back often!

  10. I'm looking forward to following you. I teach in Idaho, and my state is doing some major professional development in math these days. It's been an exciting few years, and it's amazing to see what mathematicians can really do. I've thoroughly enjoyed posting about it, although lots of teachers are tied to their teacher's manuals and I wonder what they think about my "crazy" ideas. Anyway, I was excited to come across your blog. (By the way, I just finished Student-Centered Mathematics by Van de Walle. I really enjoyed it.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  11. Hi Tammy,
    Yes, it seems most of the country is taking a turn towards true inquiry based mathematics instruction. And it's about time! In Alabama, our focus has been on training and preparing for the new Common Core. I look forward to seeing the changes in our Mathematics Curriculum and in a future filled with true mathematical thinkers!

    Thanks so much for your comment! It's great to see so many teachers excited about mathematics!


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