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Children Count

Exploring What is Possible in a Classroom with Mathematics and Children


Mary M. Stordy

Children Count is an interpretive exploration into the teaching of mathematics to children. Through the use of narratives to make meaning of particular pedagogic events, the book explores the possibilities that exist for children and for teachers if mathematics is allowed to thrive in schools as a living human enterprise. Such a re-conceptualized view of mathematics challenges the status quo and results in a different image of schooling. Children Count gives the reader a picture of what a classroom could look like when it includes creativity, inquiry-based learning, empowerment of children and teachers, academic rigor, holism, and integrated and generative curricula. The text captures the mistakes, choices, the actions, and the decision-making process of a teacher who reflects and learns from her students as she realizes she must listen to them because what they have to say counts.
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It is with much gratitude that I wish to thank my former students of Grade 1C and Grade 2C from our school in the Rockies. These students are directly responsible for shaping my understanding of what children are capable of when given the chance. In particular, I wish to acknowledge ‘Isabel’ who was the catalyst in helping me learn to really listen to children’s voices. I will be forever grateful for that conversation outside our grade-one classroom one October day.

Thank you to the hundreds of pre-service students I have had the pleasure of teaching over the past dozen years. Their questions, enthusiasm, and desire to make a difference in schools give me hope.

I wish to thank Jim Paul for his guidance and unwavering belief in me, David Jardine for teaching me about hermeneutics and introducing me to Gadamer, and Jo Towers who deepened my fascination with children and mathematics through her work and her actions. All three of these scholars have opened up my academic world. I wish to thank them for their patience, their time, and their thoughtful questions about this work.

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