Field Experience Guide for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, 8th Edition

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Field Experience Guide for Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, 8th Edition

By John A. Van de Walle, Jennifer M. Bay-Williams
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This popular field guide provides a rich collection of diverse field experiences, lessons, and activities. Field experiences vary greatly from institution to institution. The field experiences offered in this book were designed to respond to both the variety of teacher preparation programs and the NCATE recommendation that students have the opportunity to engage in diverse activities. In addition, NCATE states that teacher candidates reflect a thorough knowledge of teaching based on professional standards. For mathematics teachers, those standards include the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000), the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM, 1991), and Mathematics Teaching Today (NCTM, 2007.)

The goals of the Field Experience Guide are as follows


  • To meet the needs of various teacher preparation programs and background and experience of teacher candidates
  • To provide useful templates and graphic organisers that are user friendly for both teacher candidates and instructors
  • To provide a collection of diverse tasks (e.g., interviews, observations, teaching experiences) within a focus area, such as assessment
  • To facilitate the process of linking field experiences to NCATE standards
  • To elaborate and provide activities that can further a candidates’ understanding and application of the content offered in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics (8th Edition)
Part I
  • is organised by specific knowledge, skills, or dispositions for teacher candidates outlined in NCATE, such as pedagogical knowledge and assessment. Within each is a menu of possible tasks for teacher candidates to use.
    • In one setting, it may be appropriate to focus on one or two of the NCATE categories, such as assessment and content knowledge, using numerous activities from those sections. In another setting, it may be more useful to use one or two activities from each category.
    • An instructor might select the tasks or allow students to pick from a selection of tasks that have the same goal.
    • It is also important to note that although many of the activities in the field guide are placed in one chapter, they are also applicable to other areas.
    • Each section includes a rubric that can be used with any experience in that section.


Part II

  • has a collection of lessons and activities for each of the content standards: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis, and Probability.
  • Each content area has at least one lesson for each grade band (K—2, 3—5, 6—8). See p. vii for a detailed list of lessons and grade bands. These lessons can be linked to the experiences described in Part I. For example, if students are designing appropriate accommodations for a student with special needs, they might select a task or lesson from this collection, use a lesson that is provided by the methods instructor or the classroom teacher, or find a lesson on their own.


Part III of this guide contains a full set of reproducible Blackline Masters referenced in the 7th edition of Elementary and Middle School Mathematics as well as additional Blackline Masters for use with the Expanded Lessons in Part II.

Table of contents
  • Part II Resources Organized by Content
  • What Is New in the Field Experience Guide?
  • Design of Field Experience Guide
  • NCATE Standards
  • PART I Menu of Field Experiences
  • CHAPTER 1 Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge: Classroom Environment
  • CHAPTER 2 Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge: Planning
  • CHAPTER 3 Content Knowledge
  • CHAPTER 4 Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Instruction
  • CHAPTER 5 Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Technology
  • CHAPTER 6 Dispositions
  • CHAPTER 7 Student Learning and Assessment
  • CHAPTER 8 Diversity
  • PART II Resources for Teaching
  • CHAPTER 9 Expanded Lessons
  • CHAPTER 10 Mathematics Activities
  • CHAPTER 11 Balanced Assessment Tasks
  • PART III Blackline Masters
  • Suggestions for Use and Construction of Materials