Supporting Mathematical Thinking

Author: Anne Watson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135395861
Format: PDF, Kindle
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To what extent do curriculum subjects, particularly highly abstract ones such as Mathematics, have their own unique special needs? This book celebrates the work done by subject specialists in mainstream classrooms to promote inclusive practice. It describes new and creative ways of developing mathematical thinking among pupils. Each chapter demonstrates reflective minds at work, close observation of learners, willingness to understand the students’ thinking process and patient commitment to students over long periods of time. Features of the book include: how low-attaining students can think mathematically numeracy recovery task refusal in primary mathematics progression in written calculation strategies for division using graphic calculators with low-attaining pupils generalising arithmetic: an alternative to algebra learning support assistants in mathematics lessons inclusion and entitlement, equality of opportunity and quality of curriculum provision.

Mathematics as a Constructive Activity

Author: Anne Watson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135630011
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book explains and demonstrates the teaching strategy of asking learners to construct their own examples of mathematical objects. The authors show that the creation of examples can involve transforming and reorganizing knowledge and that, although this is usually done by authors and teachers, if the responsibility for making examples is transferred to learners, their knowledge structures can be developed and extended. A multitude of examples to illustrate this is provided, spanning primary, secondary, and college levels. Readers are invited to learn from their own past experience augmented by tasks provided in the book, and are given direct experience of constructing examples through a collection of many tasks at many levels. Classroom stories show the practicalities of introducing such shifts in mathematics education. The authors examine how their approach relates to improving the learning of mathematics and raise future research questions. *Based on the authors' and others' theoretical and practical experience, the book includes a combination of exercises for the reader, practical applications for teaching, and solid scholarly grounding. *The ideas presented are generic in nature and thus applicable across every phase of mathematics teaching and learning. *Although the teaching methods offered are ones that engage learners imaginatively, these are also applied to traditional approaches to mathematics education; all tasks offered in the book are within conventional mathematics curriculum content. Mathematics as a Constructive Activity: Learners Generating Examples is intended for mathematics teacher educators, mathematics teachers, curriculum developers, task and test designers, and classroom researchers, and for use as a text in graduate-level mathematics education courses.

Raising Achievement In Secondary Mathematics

Author: Watson, Anne
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335218601
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A guide to teaching lower attaining students in secondary mathematics offers an alternative view of attainment and capability, arguing that teaching should be based on a learner's proficiency, rather than on knowledge deficits.

Key Ideas in Teaching Mathematics

Author: Anne Watson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199665516
Format: PDF, Mobi
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International research is used to inform teachers and others about how students learn key ideas in higher school mathematics, what the common problems are, and the strengths and pitfalls of different teaching approaches. An associated website, hosted by the Nuffield Foundation, gives summaries of main ideas and access to sample classroom tasks.

Thinkers

Author: Chris Bills
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781898611264
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"Thinkers is a collection of activities to provoke matheatical thinking. ... The book contains sixteen different contexts for exemplifying the general and generalisong the partiucular which are processes at the heart of 'doing mathematics'. There are examples of the way in which teachers can use the techniques for any topic in mathematics."--Back cover.

Mathematical Knowledge in Teaching

Author: Tim Rowland
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789048197668
Format: PDF, ePub
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The quality of primary and secondary school mathematics teaching is generally agreed to depend crucially on the subject-related knowledge of the teacher. However, there is increasing recognition that effective teaching calls for distinctive forms of subject-related knowledge and thinking. Thus, established ways of conceptualizing, developing and assessing mathematical knowledge for teaching may be less than adequate. These are important issues for policy and practice because of longstanding difficulties in recruiting teachers who are confident and conventionally well-qualified in mathematics, and because of rising concern that teaching of the subject has not adapted sufficiently. The issues to be examined in Mathematical Knowledge in Teaching are of considerable significance in addressing global aspirations to raise standards of teaching and learning in mathematics by developing more effective approaches to characterizing, assessing and developing mathematical knowledge for teaching.

Primary Questions and Prompts

Author: Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781898611271
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"The questions and prompts in this book arise from considering some of the work of Zygfryd Dyrszlag, a Polish mathematics educator. He produced a list of 63 questions which teachers can ask pupils in order to both promote, and to monitor the development of pupils' concepts."--Foreword.

Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics

Author: Liping Ma
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135149496
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Studies of teachers in the U.S. often document insufficient subject matter knowledge in mathematics. Yet, these studies give few examples of the knowledge teachers need to support teaching, particularly the kind of teaching demanded by recent reforms in mathematics education. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics describes the nature and development of the knowledge that elementary teachers need to become accomplished mathematics teachers, and suggests why such knowledge seems more common in China than in the United States, despite the fact that Chinese teachers have less formal education than their U.S. counterparts. The anniversary edition of this bestselling volume includes the original studies that compare U.S and Chinese elementary school teachers’ mathematical understanding and offers a powerful framework for grasping the mathematical content necessary to understand and develop the thinking of school children. Highlighting notable changes in the field and the author’s work, this new edition includes an updated preface, introduction, and key journal articles that frame and contextualize this seminal work.