Why Do Buses Come in Threes? Some people have a fear of mathematics, possibly because of the abstract teaching methods that were in use in my schooldays. I get the impression that things have changed somewhat since then, but in any case this book provides an easy to understand some of the things that happen in everyday life. The first chapter begins with numbers that occur frequently in plants, explaining why four-leafed clovers are rare. Depending on the species, plants tend to have three leaves like clovers, or five leaves like buttercups, pansies and primroses, rather than four. The chapter then describes more curiosities about numbers and ratios that occur in plants.
How can we meet the needs of all pupils without differentiation of lesson content? How can we record progress without levels? Thoughts on topical issues of mathematics education from the NCETM’s Director, Charlie Stripp I believe that if we are to adopt a teaching for mastery approach to maths teaching, consistent with the new National Curriculum, we must answer these questions. Many primary teachers have asked my NCETM colleagues and me these questions, and this blog explains our current thinking. We have been informed by the National Curriculum document itself, by teaching we have observed and by the textbooks used in regions and countries that teach maths very successfully, such as Shanghai and Singapore.
Numeracy teaching and learning materials This set of materials is designed to provide an exemplar of teaching numeracy to adult learners, from Entry 1 to Level 2. Included are learner materials and teacher notes. All skills’ teaching is set within appropriate adult contexts: community, work, family or general interest. The Challenge Online Central to the National Numeracy Challenge is the Challenge Online. This is a confidential, friendly, easy to use interactive website designed to assess and improve your everyday maths skills in bite-sized steps, while building confidence along the way.The Challenge Online is available for everyone. If you become a partner, we can provide you with unique web links. These enable us to provide reporting on usage and engagement for your organisation.The tool is cost-free at the point of access. For a small cost we can provide additional benefits to organisations using the Challenge Online, such as bespoke reporting and support.The Challenge Online has a whole section devoted to helping participants develop confidence and motivation through three aspects; value, belief and effort.
Feature: What is the Mastery Model of Teaching Maths? Education minister Elizabeth Truss explained some of the background to the government’s current proposals for teaching maths in a recent speech. This article was originally published on The Conversation. By Steve Chinn, University of Derby She mentioned the term “mastery” and enthusiastically welcomed Singapore Maths, a series of textbooks following the “mastery model” by Marshall Cavendish Education, that will be published in the UK from 2015 by Oxford University Press. One might be tempted to assume Singapore Maths might have something to do with the Ministry of Education in Singapore. I am a huge admirer of the education system in Singapore and have even done some consultancy work for their ministry, but I doubt that the title reflects their direct involvement.
Numeracy Resources Numeracy: Functional Maths, Functional Maths - number General: Exam tips and help Level: L1, L2 Resource type: Handout or guide, Revision material Top Tips for Maths tests is a handout/classroom resource that can be used as an activity or as a handout. It takes learners through the process of working out a complex Level 2 Maths question, with reference to how the marks can be gained, and the maths skills required to complete the question.
Practical tips for a (newly) qualified maths teacher Student teachers, NQTs and experienced teachers have one thing in common - they haven't got it all figured out yet. I certainly haven't - every year I try to use my time more effectively and teach maths more effectively. Here's my top ten tips for newbies. Loving your subject “To explain something to someone is first of all to show him he cannot understand it by himself.”Jacques Ranciere The previous post in this series looked at developing a love of Mathematics itself, and how an appreciation of the history and impact of Mathematics makes a difference to your team’s practice in the classroom. This time around, I’ll be talking about how an appreciation of pedagogy, the philosophy of Mathematics education and what engaging students in the subject really means (spoiler: it doesn’t mean ‘fun’ tasks for their own sake). So let’s begin. I cannot emphasise the importance of sound pedagogical practice in one’s team.
AlgebrAAAARGH Yes, another algebra post. Today I was teaching a new (to me) Year 7 middle group algebra. This was their first experience of algebra – at Secondary anyway. Chicken Coop Fractions (iPad/Android) Are you a primary/elementary school teacher who, when you look at your planning for the term, looks like the chicken in the image when you realise you need to teach fractions? It just appears to be one of those mathematical concepts that some pupils really struggle with, despite all the pizzas, sweets and other creative methods you concoct! There are quite a few educational apps on the market which attempt to support pupils with learning about fractions, but Chicken Coop Fractions offers an engaging way for pupils to grasp some of the basic, key concepts.
Ice Cube Tray Math The best part of math is using manipulatives. Before we complete our daily math worksheet, I always introduce or practice our objective using some sort of visual or manipulative. Here is an example of how I use ice cube trays to practice more and less than. Meaning and Magic amid the Muddle of Mental Mathematical Models. Forgive the gratuitous alliteration. In recent months, I’ve been thinking about the basics of maths education a lot. There have been three main contexts:
Mathematics Subject Special For this session, #ukedchat co-hosted the next in our series of Subject Special, as we focus and celebrate all things mathematics. Colleen Young co-hosted along side, with this being an opportunity for teachers at all stages to share ideas, resources and tips which help pupils progress in the subject – aimed at Early Years, Primary, Secondary and non specialists who are on the look out for resources to help the teaching and learning process. The session asked the following six questions: What are some of your key mathematical questions you use in lessons?