Ann Carlyle publishes “It Makes Sense! Using Number Paths and Number Lines to Build Number Sense”

Friday, July 24, 2020
cover of "It Makes Sense!"

Ann Carlyle of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education has published It Makes Sense! Using Number Paths and Number Lines to Build Number Sense (Math Solutions 2020). The book promotes the flexible use of number paths and number lines to solve problems and scaffold or document students’ thinking. The book provides strategies for differentiating instruction; key questions to promote student thinking; a child’s mind insights sharing common student misconceptions; Math Matters! tips highlighting mathematical definitions, research summaries, and learning scenarios; and teacher reflections. The lessons and games include more than 30 reproducibles, also available in a downloadable, printable format.

Math Solutions—a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—has been transforming instruction for more than thirty-five years by focusing exclusively on the highest-quality mathematics professional learning, coaching, consulting, and resources.

Carlyle teaches Math Methods courses at the UC Santa Barbara Teacher Education Program. She also is a supervisor of teaching candidates and academic coordinator. Carlyle was an elementary teacher for more than thirty-seven years. She is the 1993 California recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and the 2000 recipient of the George Polya Memorial Award from the California Mathematics Council. Carlyle has previously served on the National Council Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors. She is a co-author of Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten Math and a Math Solutions consultant.

As an additional note, the teacher on the cover of It Makes Sense! is Laura Calene, a Kindergarten teacher at Ellwood School in Goleta, Calif. and alumna of the Teacher Education Program.

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