BOOKS

book cover for The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner
The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner
Mary Fiore and Maria Luisa. Lebar Pembroke Publishers. 128 pages, $24.00
*****
Reviewed by Kit Luce

The subtitle of this book reads Effective Teaching and Assessment Strategies to Help Students Think Differently about Mathematics and this is what the book delivers. The authors have taken a framework of how students interact and learn literacy, the Four Roles of the Literate Learner, and used it to help educators make connections between the strategies they use to teach literacy and those they use to teach and support numeracy.

The four roles of the numerate learner are Sense Maker, Skill User, Thought Communicator and Critical Interpreter. Each chapter provides a definition and sample questions for different grade band levels. The many examples of tasks, the description of assessment opportunities and suggested prompts for questioning make this book a useful resource for educators. Particularly useful are the opportunities for reflection provided throughout the book. Educators are prompted to stop and consider how what they have read applies to their practice and how they can apply these ideas to support the development of mathematical thinking in their learners.

The authors also raise two “elephants in the room.” These are the concern about memorization of basic facts and the role of mathematical content knowledge for teaching. Both are addressed in a straightforward manner with supporting research and a breakdown of what these phrases mean.

The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner is a valuable resource for classroom teachers, math coaches and teacher candidates. It will help deepen their understanding of the different aspects of instruction in mathematics. They can then apply this understanding to help students make sense of mathematical problems, use the skills they have learned to solve a problem, communicate their ideas clearly and understand how math connects and affects the world around them.

Kit Luce is a member of the Simcoe County Teacher Local.

MORE BOOKS

Cover of The ABC's of Viola Desmond
Grade 4 students at William King Elementary School and teachers Pam Caines and Beatrice MacDonald. Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, 2016. 54 pages, $23.95
cover of I Am Not a Number
Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland Second Story Press, 2016 32 pages, $18.95
cover of What Makes us Unique?
Dr. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell Orca Book Publishers, 2016 32 pages, $19.95
cover of The Big Book of Nature and Activities
Jacob Rodenburg and Drew Monkman. New Society Publishers, 2016 384 pages, $38.95
cover of learning and teaching early math
Douglas H. Clements and Julie Sarama Routledge, 2014 380 pages, $ 68.31
book covers of Being Me and Title Your Head Rosie the Red
Rosemary McCarney, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart. Second Story Press, 2016. 24 Pages, $15.95
book cover of Kid Artists
David Stabler, illustrated by Doogie Horner. Quirk books, 2016. 206 pages, $15.95
book cover of The Red Bicycle
Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin. Kids Can Press, 2015. 32 pages, 19.95

Pages