Your guide to grow and learn as a math teacher! Let's face it, teaching elementary math can be hard. So much about how we teach math today may look and feel different from how we learned it. Today, we recognize placing the student at the center of their learning increases engagement, motivation, and academic achievement soars. It changes the role of the teacher from one who traditionally
delivers knowledge to one who fosters thinking. Most importantly, we must ensure our practice gives every student the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve at high levels, while providing opportunities to develop their agency and authority in the classroom which results in a positive math identity. Whether a brand-new teacher or a veteran, if you find teaching math challenging, this is the guide for you. Designed for just-in-time learning and support, this resource gives you brief, actionable answers to pressing questions about teaching elementary math. Four experienced math educators representing diverse experiences offer the practical advice they wish they received, from lessons they've learned over decades of practice, research, coaching, and through collaborating with teams, teachers and colleagues-especially new teachers-every day. Questions are organized into five areas of effort to help you thrive in your classroom: How do I build a positive math community? How do I structure, organize, and manage my math class? How do I engage my students in math? How do I help my students talk about math? How do I know what my students know and move them forward? Includes helpful sidebar notes on fostering identity and agency; access and equity; teaching in different settings; and invaluable resources for deeper learning. The final question-Where do I go from here?- offers guidance for growing your practice over time. Strive to become the best math educator you can be; your students are counting on it! What will be your first step on the journey?