Mathematics Lessons to Look Forward To! : 20 Favourite Activities and Themes for Teaching Ages 9 to 16 book cover
1st Edition

Mathematics Lessons to Look Forward To!
20 Favourite Activities and Themes for Teaching Ages 9 to 16

  • Available for pre-order on February 8, 2023. Item will ship after March 1, 2023
ISBN 9781032210490
March 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
222 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $19.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

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

View More



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.