If learners in the classroom are to be excited by mathematics, teachers need to be both well informed about current initiatives and able to see how what is expected of them can be translated into rich and stimulating classroom strategies.
The book examines current initiatives that affect teaching mathematics and identifies pointers for action in the classroom. Divided into three major sections, it looks at:
- the changing mathematics classroom at primary, secondary and tertiary level
- major components of the secondary curriculum
- practical pedagogical issues of particular concern to mathematics teachers.
Each issue is explores in terms of major underpinnings and research in that area, and practical ideas can be drawn from the text and implemented in the reader's classroom practice. Each chapter has been written by a well-respected writer, researcher and practitioner in their field and all share a common goal: to look thoughtfully and intelligently at some of the practical issues facing mathematics teachers and offer their perspectives on those issues.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Mathematics Classroom 1. The Changing Primary Mathematics Classroom: The Challenge of the National Numeracy Strategy 2. Mathematics 11-16 3. Examining some Changes in Mathematics Post-16 4. Mathematics for Post-16 Vocational Courses Part 2: The Mathematics Curriculum 5. Aspects of School Mathematics and Mathematical Proof 6. Aspects of the Teaching and Learning of Arithmetic 7. Aspects of Generalisation and Algebra: Exploiting Children's Powers 8. Aspects of the Teaching and Learning of Geometry 9. Aspects of the Teaching and Learning of Probability and Randomness Part 3: Pedagogical Issues 10. Teaching for Understanding 11. Progression in Mathematics 12. Language Issues in Mathematics 13. Pupil Differentiation: Some Ideas for Mathematics Teachers 14. Developing Thinking in Mathematics 15. Mental Mathematics 16. Making the Most of Your Textbook 17. Minding Your Q's and R's: Effective Questioning and Responding in the Mathematics Classroom 18. Coursework and Assessment 19. Formative Assessment in Mathematics
'There have been a number of books addressing this audience in recent years, all of which have added a valuable perspective in different ways. I think [this] is one of the best, partly because of the excellent range of authors it includes and partly because it constantly challenges and complexifies - teaching is not simple and cannot be made to be. The more I read this book the more I find in it to stimulate and inspire.' - Jan Winter, Mathematics in School