GER is coming to the NCTM Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 22-25, 2009!

Join us at booth #1538 to see demonstrations of how important math concepts are taught in the popular Japanese mathematics textbook, Tokyo Shoseki's Mathematics for Elementary School (Grades 1-6) and the accompanying workbook, Kyoiku Dojinsha's Mathematics Workbook (grades 1 to 6).

Visit us to get your free gift - a curriculum map, not available for sale anywhere, showing the vertical alignment of the Japanese textbooks and workbooks!

Also, don't miss these dynamic presentations by GER staff members.

Bingo! Basic Addition Facts as the Foundation for Algebraic Thinking for All

Bill Jackson (Scarsdale Public Schools), Domenica Goteh (Paterson Public School No. 2)

Find out how a group of teachers at an inner-city New Jersey school helped primary school students develop algebraic thinking as they explored basic addition facts through a Bingo game. The presenters will share what they learned in our examination of a Japanese textbook during lesson study.
Program Code: 10 Time:
Thu, Apr 23 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Building/Room: Renaissance / Meeting Room 12/13/14

What We Learned through Lesson Study: Ideas to Design Lessons for All

Akihiko Takahashi (DePaul University)

Engaging all students in rich discussion is necessary but challenging. Teachers in Chicago learned that anticipating students' responses is a key for teaching through problem solving. We will share how we used ideas from Japanese curriculum materials to design lessons that invited all students to actively participate in mathematical discussion.
Program Code: 191 Time:
Thu, Apr 23 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Building/Room: Renaissance / Renaissance West A

Beyond Finger Counting: Build a Strong Mental Framework for Number in First-Grade Students

Elizabeth Clifford (Little Rock School District), Suellen Dimassimo (Little Rock School District), Marian Cunningham (Little Rock School District), Ashleigh McGee (Little Rock School District)

Developing a strong sense of number in primary grades is crucial if all students are to succeed in higher-level mathematics. Find out how a Japanese grade 1 textbook helped design a curriculum map focused on developing this strong mental schema for number in students. The curriculum map and lesson study findings will be shared.
Program Code: 524
Time:
Fri, Apr 24 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Building/Room: Convention Center / 102 A

Making Math Accessible to English Language Learners (ELLs): Bridging the Gap for Primary School Students

Mary N. Leer (School District of Lancaster), Marianne Burkholder (School District of Lancaster), Jennifer Baer (School District of Lancaster)

Mathematics learning can be challenging for ELLs when math materials are dense with text, vocabulary, and multiple concepts. The speakers will share how we used text-spare but visually and conceptually rich Japanese materials to augment our instruction, fostering number and operation sense in all students, but particularly with ELL students.
Program Code: 248
Time:
Thu, Apr 23 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Building/Room: Convention Center / 150 B

Is Multiplication Just Repeated Addition? Insights from Japanese Textbooks for Expanding the Multiplication Concept

Makoto Yoshida (William Paterson University)

In the United States, multiplication is usually introduced as repeated addition in grade 2 or 3. Is this enough understanding for students to learn multiplication of decimals or fractions and proportional relationships in the future? Learn how Japanese textbooks expand ideas of multiplication using representations.
Program Code: 316
Time:
Thu, Apr 23 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Building/Room: Renaissance / Auditorium

Making Geometry Accessible for All through Activities: Implications from Japanese Textbooks

Tad Watanabe (Kennesaw State University)

Geometry in elementary school must engage students actively. Come experience some of the geometry activities in Japanese textbooks. Let's discuss how we can make geometry accessible for all through hands-on activities.
Program Code: 795
Time:
Sat, Apr 25 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Building/Room: Convention Center / 102 B