# The Really Useful Maths Book

## A guide to interactive teaching, 2nd Edition

314 pages | 164 B/W Illus.

Paperback: 9780415829496
pub: 2013-12-03
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The Really Useful Maths Book is for all those who want children to enjoy the challenge of learning mathematics. With suggestions about the best ways to use resources and equipment to support learning, it describes in detail how to make learning the easy option for children.An easy-to-follow, comprehensive guide packed with ideas and activities, it is the perfect tool to help teachers who wish to develop their teaching strategies.

The second edition has been fully updated in light of the latest research, as well as in response to the new mathematics curriculum. It includes many more practical activities for each mathematical topic and explores exciting new areas. Key topics covered include:

• Numbers and the number system
• Operations and calculations
• Shape and space
• Measures, statistics and data handling
• Cross-curricular approaches
• Resources and planning for teaching and learning
• Contexts for making sense of mathematics
• Bridges, strategies and personal qualities
• Dialogue and interactive teaching
• International perspectives on teaching and learning
• Psychology and neuroscience to maximize learning.

The Really Useful Maths Book makes mathematics meaningful, challenging and interesting. It will be invaluable to practicing primary teachers, subject specialists, maths co-ordinators, student teachers, mentors, tutors, home educators and others interested in mathematics education programmes.

Tony Brown was formerly the Director of ESCalate, the UK Centre for Education in HE at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK.

Henry Liebling formerly led Primary Mathematics Education at University College Plymouth, Marjon, UK.

Part 1: Mathematical Activities and Teaching Strategies Introduction N. Numbers and the number system 1. Counting and counting out 2. Saying and making numbers 3. Arabic and other number systems 4. Working with grids 5. Working with target boards 6. Working with sets 7. Working with square numbers 8. Exploring algebra 9. Taking ideas from ‘floor to head’ O. Operations and Calculations 1. Number lines 2. The story of 24 3. Arithmetic operations 4. Arithmogons and other puzzles 5. Teaching Multiplication tables 6. Divisibility rules S. Shape and space 1. Visualisation techniques and activities 2. Activities and investigations 3. Working with cloths 4. Unusual and familiar 5. Changing shapes M. Measures, statistics and data handling 1. Measures and measurement 2. Data handling and using the media 3. Statistics and probability 4. Using personal measurement 5. Investigating measurement X. Cross-curricular Approaches 1. Cross-curricular approaches 2. Playing with the language of mathematics 3. Maths in music, dannce and knitting 4. Maths, sustainability and the global dimension 5. Reasoning, logic, proof and programming Part 2: Developing Interactive Teaching Strategies Introduction A. Teaching and Learning From International Perspectives 1. Policy and content 2. Pupil performance 3. Classroom practice 4. Findings from psychology and neuroscience B. Teachers and children interacting 1. Pupil, teacher, mathematics: a dynamic model of interaction 2. Interactive teaching 3. Children talking, teachers listening 4. Questions and questioning 5. Assessment for learning C. Resources and Planning for Teaching and Learning 1. Achieving balance in the mathematics curriculum 2. Using resources to emphasise mathematical attributes 3. Resources for counting and calculation 4. Planning to optimise learning D. Contexts for Making Sense of Mathematics 1. Using different contexts to help make sense of mathematics 2. Practical activities and solving problems E. Bridges, Strategies and Personal Qualities 1. Building bridges for learning 2. The importance of strategy building 3. Eight qualities of successful learners

Tony Brown was formerly the Director of ESCalate, the UK Centre for Education in HE at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK.

Henry Liebling formerly led Primary Mathematics Education at University College Plymouth, Marjon, UK.

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The Really Useful Series offers lively, stimulating and highly practical books, designed to support teachers' subject knowledge and understanding. The books in this series are essential companions for teachers at Key Stages 1 and 2 as well as students on initial teacher training courses.