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47 September 2017 | Professionally Speaking R E V I E W S The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner: Effective teaching and assessment strategies to help students think differently about mathematics, Pembroke Publishers, Markham, Ont., 2016, softcover, ISBN 978-1-55138-311-8, 96 pages, $24.95, pembrokepublishers.com The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner BY MARY FIORE AND MARIA LUISA LEBAR Teaching the big ideas in the Grade 1 to 8 math curriculum is the primary aim of this highly practical how-to guide. Teachers familiar with the four roles of the literate learner will recognize the template defining the roles that students must play to become literate: "meaning maker," "code user," "text user" and "text analyzer." In The Four Roles, the literacy roles have been adapted to the needs of students learning mathematics. The framework suggests that math students must become "sense makers," "skill users," "thought communicators" and "critical interpret- ers." As in literacy education, teachers are expected to begin their instruction from where students currently are in their learning journey. From there, "the roles are interconnected and support integrative thinking and differentiated instruction for learners who have diverse learning needs at any given time." According to the book, the goal of effective mathematics instruction is to produce students who can reason, argue, com- municate and think critically about how mathematics is used in the world around them. To that end, the authors recommend that educators employ a wide range of familiar, high-yield instructional and classroom strategies like accountable talk, assessment for learn- ing, criteria building and the selection of rich mathematical questions. Within this context, teachers must appreciate that when it comes to enhancing student achievement, effective teaching, or the teacher's be- lief in his or her ability to help students learn, is more import- ant than having a wide-ranging math background. Educators familiar with the three-part lesson format for teaching mathematics will be reassured by the research cited in this book. But perhaps more appropriately, the book is a solid guide for principals and other school leaders who wish to learn more about best practices in mathematics teaching and learning. Michael Bellrose, OCT, is the principal of A. B. Ellis Public School for the Rainbow District School Board in Espanola, Ont. PRINCIPALS & TEACHERS Teach in China! e Canadian Trillium College (CTC) is a certified Ontario school program in China, offering Chinese students the opportunity of earning credits towards the OSSD. We are now recruiting Ontario qualified administrators and teachers for the following subject areas: • ESL, (Levels 2-5) • Intermediate and Senior English, Mathematics, Business, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Social Sciences. • Principals CTC has campuses located in Mainland China: Shanghai, Jinhua, Nanjing and Quanzhou. Contract Terms: Competitive salary and bonus, return airfare , free private furnished accommodation, assistance for medical insurance and more. is is an ideal opportunity for retired teachers and administrators, beginning teachers and teachers on leave who are looking for an amazing cultural experience and adventure. You can visit our website at www.ctc-school.com For more information contact the Supervising Principal at the address below: Apply Now! Forward resume and cover letter to: Supervising Principal, e Canadian Trillium College, Toronto Office: • TEL: 416-763-4121 • FAX: 416-763-5225 • johnholtom@hotmail.com Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair (Jan. 26 - 28, 2018) • 70+ international schools • 40+ countries, 600+ K-12 positions Teaching Overseas Placement Services International Teaching Opportunities • Employment with international schools year-round educ.queensu.ca/career-services

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