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Collaborating to Support All Learners in Mathematics and Science

By Faye Brownlie, Carole Fullerton, and Leyton Schnellert
Series: It's All About Thinking
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Categories: Education, Professional Development, Mathematics, Science & Technology
Paperback : 9781553792697, 332 pages, June 2011
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553793045, 332 pages, June 2011

Table of contents

  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 Meeting the Needs of All Learners 1
  • Chapter 2 Working Together as a School 23
  • Chapter 3 Assessment that Supports Learning 35
  • Chapter 4 Frameworks and Approaches to Support Diverse Learners 53
  • Chapter 5 Introduction to Electricity 69
  • Chapter 6 A Cross-Curricular Collaboration 101
  • Chapter 7 Diversity of Life 135
  • Chapter 8 Authentic Research 179
  • Chapter 9 Thinking about Polynomials Concretely, Pictorially, and Abstractly 205
  • Chapter 10 Thinking about Surface Area and Volume 239
  • Chapter 11 Thinking about Data Management 261
  • Chapter 12 From Ratios to Trigonometry 295
  • Professional References 321
  • Student Texts and Related Resources 327
  • Index of Frameworks, Stuctures, Approaches, and Stategies 329


In this second volume of It’s All About Thinking, the authors focus their expertise on the disciplines of mathematics and science, translating principles into practices that help other educators with their students. How can we help students develop the thinking skills they need to become successful learners? How does this relate to deep learning of important concepts in mathematics and science? How can we engage and support diverse learners in inclusive classrooms where they develop understanding and thinking skills?

In this book, Faye, Leyton and Carole explore these questions and offer classroom examples to help busy teachers develop communities where all students learn. This book is written by three experienced educators who offer a welcoming and “can-do” approach to the big ideas in math and science education today. In this book you will find:

  • insightful ways to teach diverse learners (Information circles, open-ended strategies, inquiry, manipulatives and models)
  • lessons crafted using curriculum design frameworks (udl and backwards design)
  • assessment for, as, and of learning
  • fully fleshed-out lessons and lesson sequences 
  • inductive teaching to help students develop deep learning and thinking skills in Math and Science
  • assessment tools (and student samples) for concepts drawn from learning outcomes in Math and Science curricula
  • excellent examples of theory and practice made accessible real school examples of collaboration — teachers working together to create better learning opportunities for their students.