Mathematics Lessons to Look Forward To!
20 Favourite Activities and Themes for Teaching Ages 9 to 16
This book is essential for anyone involved or thinking about being involved in teaching and learning mathematics at school. It is packed full of practical and fun lesson ideas and activities, combining the author’s infectious enthusiasm for school mathematics with the relentless challenge of engaging students with the nature of the subject. Using humour, enthusiasm and years of teaching expertise, Jim Noble presents the features and potential of ideas and experiments he has used in his classroom. He draws on his extensive experience of using these activities to demonstrate their pros and cons, what you might expect and where they might lead.
In a humorous and engaging account, alongside noting successes the author also includes the moments where things have gone slightly awry. These experiences and the context are used as a vehicle for thinking about the broader goals and issues of mathematics education and challenging some of the stereotypical misunderstandings. Each chapter draws out an important idea for teachers to think about, following a basic three-part structure:
• The lesson and how it works
• What happens and why it matters
• How could it be different? Variations and similar tasks.
Without preaching anything other than the joy of mathematics, this intelligent, humorous and practical book will act as a catalyst and inspiration for teachers looking to develop their own understanding and practice.
Table of Contents
On Mathematics education
How to engage with this book
Chapter 1 - What’s in the box
Chapter 2 - Cones
Chapter 3 - If the world was a village of 100 people
Chapter 4 - Goodness Gracious Great Piles of Rice
Chapter 5 - How do I love thee, let me count the ways
Chapter 6 - Number Searches
Chapter 7 - Human Loci
Chapter 8 - Statistics telling stories
Chapter 9 - Match Point
Chapter 10 - Prime Pictures
Chapter 11 - Population Growth
Chapter 12 - Starting from scratch
Chapter 13 - Indestructible
Chapter 14 - Dancing Quadratics
Chapter 15 - Hot Wheels
Chapter 16 - Maxbox
Chapter 17 - Dancing Vectors
Chapter 18 - Pleasure at the Fairground
Chapter 19 - Impossible Diagrams
Chapter 20 - Cubism
Back to the staffroom - an epilogue
Appendix 1 - School of Mathematical behaviour
Appendix 2 - Theory of Knowledge
Jim Noble is a teacher, workshop leader and author. He has been teaching secondary mathematics since 1999 and working with teachers since 2010. Jim trained in the UK and has worked extensively with the International Baccalaureate. He lives and teaches near Toulouse with his family.