# Fostering Children's Mathematical Power: An Investigative Approach to K-8 Mathematics Instruction

# Fostering Children's Mathematical Power: An Investigative Approach to K-8 Mathematics Instruction

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✐The *To-Me-Math-Is* bulletin board above can be an interesting way for a class to share their thoughts and feelings about mathematics. (Note that publicly sharing such personal information should be voluntary.) Students could then include the *To-Me-Math-Is* writing assignment in their math journals. Such an assignment at the beginning of the school year can help you assess each child's writing ability and disposition toward mathematics. Repeating the assignment at the end of the school year could provide students and teacher alike a sense of how class members' views of mathematics and their feelings about the subject have changed.

**THIS CHAPTER**

Many students find learning mathematics stressful or at least unpleasant--something they would gladly forgo if given the chance. Not coincidentally, many prospective and practicing teachers feel much the same way about teaching mathematics. Subsequent chapters of this guidebook describe a new way of teaching mathematics--one that both student and teacher can find enjoyable and rewarding. To prepare you for your exploration of this new approach, we first describe the guidebook (Unit 0•1). To help you understand better the need for a new teaching approach and how to help your students (and perhaps yourself) develop a positive disposition toward mathematics, we then explore the role of affect in the teaching-learning process, including why many people dislike or even dread the subject (Unit 0•2).

☞ Complete the phrase: To me math is . . .