Course Description

Want to increase student engagement while deepening their understanding and achievement?

Do trade books have a place in today’s mathematics classroom?


Lead Instructor

Tammy Jones

Meet Your Instructor An educator since 1979, Tammy L. Jones has worked with students from first grade through college. Currently, Tammy is consulting with individual school districts in training teachers on strategies for making content accessible to all learners. Writing integrations as well as literacy connections are foundational in everything Tammy does. Tammy also works with teachers on effective techniques for being successful in the classroom. As a classroom teacher Tammy’s goal was that all students understand and appreciate the content they were studying; that they could read it, write it, explore it, and communicate it with confidence; and that they would be able to use the content as they need to in their lives. Tammy believes that logical reasoning, followed by a well-reasoned presentation of results, is central to the process of learning, and that this learning happens most effectively in a cooperative, student-centered classroom. Tammy believes that learning is experiential and in her current consulting work creates and shares engaging and effective educational experiences.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    1: The Transformative Value of Trade Books

    • Experience the Transformative Value of Trade Books in Your Classroom

    • Learn How to Choose the Right Trade Books for Elementary Mathematics

    • Learn How to Choose the Right Trade Books for Secondary Mathematics

  • 2

    2: Q&A #1

    • Q&A #1

  • 3

    3: HW #1

    • Homework for the first week...

    • 3 Opportunities When Using Trade Books in the Classroom Action Guide

  • 4

    4: 3 Opportunities When Using Trade Books

    • The 3 Opportunities

    • Short overview of the 3 Opportunities

    • One Grain of Rice sample activities

  • 5

    5: Writing and Trade Books HW#2 & HW #3

    • Writing Opportunities using Trade Books with HW #2 & #3

    • Read Write Think introduction video

  • 6

    6. Resources for Trade Books & HW #4

    • More Resources for Trade Books & HW#4

    • Resources for Collaborating with Trade Books HW #4 assignment

  • 7

    7: Q & A #2 - Register link here

    • Q&A #2

  • 8

    8. Research on Using Trade Books and HW#5

    • Research on Using Trade books

  • 9

    9: Mathematical Literacy: Using Trade Books in the Classroom eBooks

    • Intentional & Deliberate Planning with Trade Books

    • Incorporating Trade Books Lesson Plan Template

  • 10

    10: Q&A #3

    • Mathematical Literacy: Using Trade Books in the Classroom: Next Steps