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Teaching Mathematics Creatively

2nd Edition

By Linda Pound, Trisha Lee


180 pages | 40 B/W Illus.

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This new and updated edition of Teaching Mathematics Creatively offers a range of strategies to enable trainee and practising teachers to take an innovative, playful and creative approach to maths teaching. It promotes creativity as a key element of practice and offers ideas to involve your students and develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment.

Exploring fresh approaches, this text explains the role of play in bringing mathematics alive for children and teachers alike. It identifies the power of story-telling in supporting mathematical thinking, examines cross-curricular teaching, and allows you to plan for teaching creatively. Imaginative ideas, underpinned by the latest research and theory, include:

    • 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
    • Giant maths - how much food do you include on a giant shopping list?

Stimulating and accessible, with contemporary and cutting-edge practice at the forefront, Teaching Mathematics Creatively includes a wealth of innovative ideas to enthuse teachers and enrich maths teaching. This book is an essential purchase for any professional who wishes to embed creative approaches to teaching in their classroom.


'An inspiring book with an approach that really engages children with their learning, making excellent use of children's love for and response to story telling. The strengths of the authors - Linda Pound is an Early Years Education Consultant and Trisha Lee is Founder and Artistic Director of MakeBelieve Arts - have been brought together to bring us an excellent teaching resource.'- Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: what counts as creative mathematics? 2. I hate maths! Positive feelings, creative dispositions and mathematics 3. Motivating children: problem finding and problem solving 4. Developing understanding: talking and thinking about mathematics 5. Teaching mathematics creatively: real maths! 6. Teaching mathematics creatively: using story to teach maths 7. Teaching mathematics creatively: giant maths 8. Cross-curricular teaching: mathematics at the heart of the curriculum? 9. Mathematics outdoors: the world beyond the classroom 10. Building mathematical understanding: construction and architecture 11. Exploring mathematics through music 12. Conclusion: learning mathematics through playful teaching

About the Authors

Linda Pound has great educational experience and has published extensively in the fields of learning and creative maths. She is an Early Years Education Consultant and a regular contributor to Nursery World.

Trisha Lee is Founder and Artistic Director of MakeBelieve Arts, a social enterprise offering innovative, high quality theatre and education programmes to develop the creative potential of children aged 2-15, based in Deptford, London, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Mathematics