New Book Helps Teachers Empower Students to Be Intentional, Active Math Learners

Susan Janssen Creighton

A new book written by four EDC experts in mathematics and formative assessment—Susan Janssen Creighton (shown at left), Cheryl Tobey, Emily Fagan, and Eric Karnowski—provides a process that teachers can use to actively engage students in assessing their learning and building the skills and knowledge they need to become self-regulating learners. Now available from Corwin, Bringing Math Students into the Formative Assessment Equation: Tools and Strategies for the Middle Grades describes a way to enable students and teachers to work as partners in the formative assessment process and shares effective strategies to guide planning and to enrich students’ learning in the classroom every day. The book draws upon findings from a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project the authors carried out at EDC, Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom: Engaging Teachers and Students.

Creighton says, “All four of us are former mathematics teachers with a great deal of experience in the classroom. For that reason, in particular, we are especially pleased to offer this new book—and its forthcoming companion website—to support teachers in their important work. So far, readers are telling us that they really appreciate not just the clear description of the process and strategies, but the many real-life examples from mathematics teachers.” The companion website will feature planning and classroom resources, video clips, and interactives. Right now, the team is working on a related book for Grade 3–5 teachers.

Last Updated: January 2015