This book argues that even in today's high-stakes testing
environment, "teaching to the test" need not be teachers' only
focus as they introduce young children to mathematics. Judith
McVarish demonstrates how building a community of learners and
using problem solving to engage students can help teachers
encourage students' disposition to creative thinking and
reasoning-skills that can otherwise become lost due to the pressure
of the many other expectations placed upon both teachers and
students. This book offers strategies for infusing mathematics
learning and reasoning into elementary school classrooms while
meeting curriculum and testing mandates. The teacher researcher
component of each chapter provides a vehicle for teachers to bring
their own expertise and questions back into the teaching and
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