Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics is an essential text designed to support new and experienced teachers in guiding pupils through mathematical investigations and problem solving, offering a framework that children themselves can begin to adopt as they progress to greater metacognitive awareness.
Underpinned by the latest international research and theory, it examines how individual pupils think and act differently and offers guidance on how to promote independence and autonomy in the classroom. It examines key topics such as:
Aimed at new and experienced educators, particularly those with a maths specialism, and illustrated with investigations and activities, Problem Solving in Primary Mathematics demonstrates how frameworks can be used in key mathematical areas and assists students in progressing towards more meaningful problem solving.
Chapter 1: Understanding thinking: mental models and why they are relevant to classrooms
Chapter 2: The functions of thinking
Chapter 3: Ways to problem solve and investigate: scaffolds and structures
Chapter 4: Number strings
Chapter 5: Squaring up to the problem
Chapter 6: Rich tasks and big questions
Chapter 7: Changing times
Chapter 8: Problem solving and investigating
Appendix 1: Assessment strategy for PGCE student teachers
Appendix 2: 4R approach to collaboration
Appendix 3: Teacher's note for squaring up to the problem