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How the Brain Learns Mathematics

How the Brain Learns Mathematics

David A. Sousa International Educational Consultant
© 2008   264 pages   8.5" x 11"  
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"An excellent, well-organized, well-written book—practical advice grounded in solid research and presented in compelling language."

Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education

University of Oregon

"Totally absorbing. I found myself discussing different aspects of it with my colleagues and reading passages out loud to my husband. Any teacher who teaches math should have this on his or her book list."

Carol Amos, Math Teacher

Twinfield Union School, Plainfield, VT

"This text is written the way we should be teaching—making you eagerly anticipate what is coming next."

Renee Ponce-Nealon, Third-Grade Teacher

Tolenas Elementary School, Fairfield, CA

"The cognitive findings of this book are powerful and affirming and add support to my current work and practice. I took away powerful concepts that have enormous implications for teaching and learning mathematics."

Daniel Raguse, President

The Math Learning Center

"The book’s unique contribution to the field is the connection of research to educational practice, providing a common language for researchers and practitioners to begin dialogues about learning mathematics."

Janice Bradley, Project Coordinator

Mathematically Connected Communities, New Mexico State University

"I am so impressed with this book that I believe it should be required reading for all teachers who teach math at any level."

Mary Thoreen, Mathematics Teacher

Wilson Middle School, Tampa, FL

"This book has actually changed the way I think now of teaching math in particular and learning in general, and I’ve been teaching math for over 25 years."

Jim Barta, Associate Professor of Elementary Education

Utah State University

"Comes from a respected author and researcher who explores the latest neuroscientific findings in learning and math cognition. Pairs research with lesson plans specific to elementary and secondary school teachers."

California Bookwatch, December 2007

Midwest Book Review

"Teachers of all grade levels will be intrigued by Sousa’s explanation of the brain processes involved in learning math concepts and why so many people find them difficult to understand. Developmentally appropriate math strategies and lessons for preK-12 students that focus on both memory and meaning are offered, along with a section on diagnosing and addressing difficulties in students."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2008

School Library Journal

Will be recommending this text to all my L5 numeracy specialists to help tham begin to understand the barriers that their learners bring to class.

Mr David Eversley

Teacher Education, Manchester College of Arts and Technology

Jun 16 2014

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Incredibly helpful insight into why some students find mathematics so difficult to grasp, with concrete suggestions as to how to embed new concepts and ideas. Excellent book, especially if working with students with specific learning difficulties who find numeracy (as opposed to maths) a challenge.

Mrs Linda Crittenden

Learning Support, Mid Kent College of Higher & F.E.

Jan 05 2014

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This book has some great concepts that are worth exploring and highlighting to students. However, it does not appear to have the same academic and referable rigour that is required for academic studies. A book worth mentioning to students and 'referring' to but not referring to

Mr Atif Jaleel

School of Education, Northampton University

Apr 16 2013

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Provides a good insight into how we learn mathematics, would enhance understanding but too indepth for this course.

Mrs Sue Cresswell

Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University

Apr 15 2013

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The information in the book is extremely useful for any mathematics educator and the book has been recommended for referencing, but was not able to integrate into the curriculum. Awesome and informative!!!

Dr Marcia Hill

Online School of Graduate Education, Kaplan University - Davenport

Feb 26 2013

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Excellent! Of use to all practitioners working in the Mathematics field at any level. Good practical examples and advice back by interesting theoretical evidence. Well written and structured making easy to follow.

Miss jayne maltby

Adult Education, Hull City Council

Jul 19 2012

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An interesting book looking at teaching and learning maths at different stages in life. There is also an interesting section on recognising and addressing mathematics difficulties

Mrs Caroline Adams

Preston Road Adult Education Centre, Adult Education Centre

Jun 19 2012

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I would recommend the book for mathematic teachers. The layout and organisation of the book make it easy to read.

Mr Frederic Turban

Mathematics, Bury College

Mar 12 2012

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It is being used as a recommended reading rather than mandatory text.

Ms erin aaron

School Of Education, Lesley University

Oct 20 2011

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This is a good book for students on the post graduate SpLD certificate and diploma courses. It clearly links theory with practice. There are a couple of minor points that I would disagree with (which makes for interesting debate and discussion within the lectures!) Definately a book to recommend and is now on our course reading list and referred to in our handout on dyscalulia.

Dr Garry Squires

School of Education, Manchester University

Jun 17 2010

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How the Brain Learns Mathematics

David A. Sousa International Educational Consultant
© 2008   264 pages   8.5" x 11"  

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ISBN:   9781412953061 Paperback Suggested Retail Price:   $41.95 Bookstore Price:   $33.56

About This Title

"I am so impressed with this book that I believe it should be required reading for all teachers who teach math at any level."
—Mary Thoreen, Mathematics Teacher
Wilson Middle School, Tampa, FL

"An excellent, well-organized, well-written book—practical advice grounded in solid research and presented in compelling language."
—Robert Sylwester, Emeritus Professor of Education
University of Oregon

Learn how the brain processes mathematical concepts and why some students develop math anxiety!

Highly respected author and researcher David A. Sousa explains the latest neuroscientific findings in practical, understandable terms and discusses the impact this information has for teaching mathematics at all grade levels. How the Brain Learns Mathematics covers the cognitive mechanisms for learning mathematics, the environmental and developmental factors that contribute to mathematics difficulties, and ways to differentiate mathematics instruction.

The text offers a unique and simplified four-step model for teaching mathematics to PreK–12 students that helps teachers consistently relate what learners experience in the classroom to concrete, real-world applications. Based on primary research, this award-winning text also examines:

  • Children’s innate number sense and how the brain develops an understanding of number relationships
  • Rationales for modifying lessons to meet the developmental learning stages of young children, preadolescents, and adolescents
  • How to plan lessons in PreK–12 mathematics
  • Implications of current research for planning mathematics lessons, including discoveries about memory systems and lesson timing
  • Methods to help elementary and secondary school teachers detect mathematics difficulties
  • Clear connections to the NCTM standards and curriculum focal points

Teachers of mathematics at all levels will find this book invaluable for making informed decisions about which instructional strategies and activities to use in creating a mathematics-friendly classroom.

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