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Models of Intervention in Mathematics: Reweaving the Tapestry

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) has recently published a book edited by our Lead Academic Advisor, Dr. Catherine Twomey Fosnot. The book, “Models of Intervention in Mathematics: Reweaving the Tapestry,” approaches intervention with the belief that “it is not the children who fail. As Marie Clay once said, ‘If children are unable to learn, we should assume that we have not yet found the right way to teach them’” (p. vii). Dr. Fosnot, with the help of many colleagues, offers a new vision for intervention models.

Some of the questions explored in this book include:

  • How is success in mathematics defined?
  • How is success in mathematics assessed?
  • What teaching practices support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?
  • How does curriculum support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?
  • How can technology support students in becoming mathematical thinkers?

These questions are explored in eleven chapters authored by leaders in elementary mathematics who reference current research and offer thoughtful case studies to provoke the reader to consider a new vision of intervention.

Two of our very own DreamBox teachers, Mickelle and Becca, co-authored a chapter titled, “Differentiating through Computer Environments.” They explored how technology can be used to offer adaptive, personalized online learning for students. Case studies of students learning with DreamBox are used throughout the chapter as a powerful illustration. The book is complete with a Facilitator’s Guide including discussion questions for each chapter, which offer opportunities for reflection whether reading it alone or as part of a book study.

Interested in learning more? Read an excerpt from the book, or visit NCTM’s online store to purchase. Already read the book? We’d love to know what you think – just leave us a comment below!

Jessie Woolley-Wilson