Wrestling with Change by Lew Romagnano. The Dilemmas of Teaching Real
Wrestling with Change

Wrestling with Change

The Dilemmas of Teaching Real Mathematics

By Lew Romagnano

    This book is excellent reading for all teachers . . . I plan to share it with my colleagues immediately.
    —Teaching Children Mathematics

In Wrestling with Change, Lew Romagnano details his and a colleague's experiences transforming two ninth grade general mathematics classrooms into problem-centered environments. Practicing mathematics teachers will recognize elements of their own work in the story told here. Prospective teachers and teacher educators will find themselves in real mathematics classrooms via detailed vignettes of classroom events and the planning that led to them. Researchers...

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    This book is excellent reading for all teachers . . . I plan to share it with my colleagues immediately.
    —Teaching Children Mathematics

In Wrestling with Change, Lew Romagnano details his and a colleague's experiences transforming two ninth grade general mathematics classrooms into problem-centered environments. Practicing mathematics teachers will recognize elements of their own work in the story told here. Prospective teachers and teacher educators will find themselves in real mathematics classrooms via detailed vignettes of classroom events and the planning that led to them. Researchers of teaching will discover arguments built from a carefully constructed conceptual framework and rigorous qualitative research methods.

Moreover, readers will find a different interpretation of the work of teachers who are wrestling with change. They will find evidence that some of the difficulties that Romagnano and his colleague encountered were not simply problems that could be solved by diligent work. They were, in fact, dilemmas for which these teachers found no clear solutions, only equally-flawed alternative courses of action. To accomplish the goal of teaching real mathematics, they had to manage the dilemmas of change.

Contents

Contents:
I. Introduction 1.
Prelude to Change 2. Introduction 3. A Blueprint for Change 4. A Research Framework 5. Looking Ahead II. Changing General Mathematics 6. The "Write a Story" Activity 7. Introduction 8. Prior to the Project 9. Project Goals and Curriculum Outline 10. Some Consequences of Our Work III. Struggling with Change 11. The Coin Toss Game 12. Discussion 13. The Evolving Difficulty of Student Disengagement 14. Identifying the Difficulties of Change 15. Disengagement: A Response to Raised Expectations 16. Aspects of the Difficulties of Change 17. Summary IV. The "Good Problems" Dilemma 18. The Box That Holds the Most 19. Introduction 20. Interactional Influences 21. Personal Influences 22. Contextual Influences 23. Summary V. The "Ask Them or Tell Them" Dilemma 24. Where Should I Put It? 25. Introduction 26. Interactional Influences 27. Personal Influences 28. Contextual Influences 29. Summary VI. The "Grading" Dilemma 30. A Conversation About Grading 31. Introduction 32. Evolution of the Grading Dilemma 33. Interactional Influences 34. Personal Influences 35. Contextual Influences 36. Summary VII. Summary and Implications 37. Plotting Points 38. Discussion