3rd Edition

Teaching Mathematics Creatively

By Linda Pound, Trisha Lee Copyright 2022
    214 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This revised and updated third edition offers a range of strategies, activities and ideas to bring mathematics to life in the primary classroom. Taking an innovative and playful approach to maths teaching, this book promotes creativity as a key element of practice and offers ideas to help your students develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the subject.

    In the creative classroom, mathematics becomes a tool to build confidence, develop problem solving skills and motivate children. The fresh approaches explored in this book include a range of activities such as storytelling, music and construction, elevating maths learning beyond subject knowledge itself to enable students to see mathematics in a new way.

    Key chapters of this book explore:

    • Learning maths outdoors - make more noise, make more mess or work on a larger scale

    • Everyday maths - making sense of the numbers, patterns, shapes and measures children see around them

    • Music and maths – the role of rhythm in learning, and music and pattern in maths

    Stimulating, accessible and underpinned by the latest research and theory, this is essential reading for trainee and practising teachers who wish to embed creative approaches to maths teaching in their classroom.

    List of figures  List of tables  Series editor preface  Chapter 1: Introduction: What counts as creative mathematics?  Chapter 2: I hate maths! Positive feelings, creative dispositions and mathematics  Chapter 3: Motivating children: Problem finding and problem solving  Chapter 4: Developing understanding: Seeing, talking and thinking mathematically  Chapter 5: Real maths! The mathematical potential in children’s lives  Chapter 6: Once upon a time: Using story to learn and teach maths  Chapter 7: Giant maths: The joy of solving enormous problems  Chapter 8: Across the curriculum: Putting mathematics at the heart  Chapter 9: Mathematical patterns: Playing music, maths and art  Chapter 10: Building mathematical understanding: Constructing and deconstructing  Chapter 11: Mathematics outdoors: the world beyond the classroom  Chapter 12: In conclusion: Playful teaching  List of mathematical activities  References


    Linda Pound has great educational experience and has published extensively in the fields of children’s learning, creativity and mathematical development. She is an Early Years Education Consultant, running workshops and offering advice on both educational policy and practice.

    Trisha Lee is Founder and Artistic Director of MakeBelieve Arts, an education charity that believes in the power of story to engage children with learning. Trisha pioneered the work of Vivian Gussin Paley in the UK through her Helicopter Stories approach and is a regular speaker and writer around creative education, particularly in the early years.