Mathematics Teaching

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Articles from No. 201, March

9 Correlation Street
The mathematical soap opera that is my classroom...(ProQuest-CSA LLC: ... denotes formulae omitted.)It doesn't matter!It's Friday lunchtime, and my classroom is hosting a CAROM session (Creative Activities Resulting in Offbeat Mathematics). We are not...
Chocolate Maths!
Margaret Jones and Val Underwood describe a varied day of stimulating mathematics with key stage 2 learners revolving around chocolate.When we decided to run a gifted and talented day for Y5-6 pupils, we met with armfuls of books and other resources....
Complex Variables in Secondary School
Jerry Dwyer, Barbara Moskal, Billy Duke and Jennifer Wilhelm describe some lessons on complex variables which allowed secondary students to experience university-style mathematics.This article describes the work of outreach mathematicians introducing...
Cursework Is Dead (Hooray). Long Live the Development of Mathematical Capability (Coursework by Any Other Name)
Given the decision by the secretary of State for Education to remove coursework as a way of assessing students' mathematical capability, one question worth considering is will anything replace it or will the assessment of mathematical capability return...
Effective Conditions for Learning
Barbara and Derek Ball respond to the recent MT articles by Paul Andrews and Judy Sayers comparing conditions for learning mathematics in European countries.We have enjoyed the 'hard-hitting' style of the articles by Paul Andrews and Judy Sayers in MTs...
Mathematics in the Foundation Stage
Ruth Pimentel outlines changes being made to the early years curriculum.In MT198, Frank Monaghan discussed his research into collaborative thinking in mathematics and the role communication plays as a key skill at the heart of educational success. I...
Meeting Points
The bad news is that Ofsted gave the school a notice to improve. The good news is that six of the seven teachers in the mathematics team were observed and all were fine - and two were highly praised. They were both teaching all-attainment classes and...
Mental Maths - Passive to Active
Victoria Williamson describes her attempt to develop more interactive mental mathematics sessions.As a Y3 teacher, I feel that mental maths sessions have become too repetitive and shallow in their focus - children chanting tables or adding numbers by...
Outdoor Mathematics
Jackie Kennard describes how to use the outdoor environment for some exciting early years mathematics.The activities and suggestions in this article reflect my experiences over the past 40 years. One of the most interesting developments in teaching has...
Proof and Geometric Reasoning
Rebecca Evans describes how she used teaching about angles as an opportunity to discuss ideas of formal proof with a Year 7 class.Proof is a fundamental aspect of mathematics. Without the notion of proof, mathematics would not exist as a separate subject,...
Reflections
Mike Ollerton sets a scene for this issue of MT in the first article, Teaching and learning through problem solving, with a theme that recurs throughout the journal. Everyone seems to agree that problem solving is important. Problem solving is about...
Shape and Space at Key Stage 2
Jenni Back, Chris Brooksbank and Geoff Faux discuss the learning resulting from a variety of geometry tasks.This all started with a letter from Chris to MTJ97 in which he wrote, 'My hunch is that working with shapes is particularly useful for visual...
Statistical Fun
Although statistics coursework will soon be a thing of the past, Alan Catley believes we can still have fun handling real data in the classroom.Following the announcement last year that there will be no more maths coursework assessment at GCSE, teachers...
Teaching and Learning through Problem Solving
Mike Ollerton relates some problem solving work with primary schools to DfES support.The following piece of writing emerged from working in four primary schools in the West Midlands. The focus was teaching mathematics through problem solving. The schools...
Theory into Practice Goes Exactly
Jonny Griffiths shows how an idea from research literature can turn a routine problem into something much more interesting.Last Christmas my rather rusty violin skills were pressed into service for the college production of Animal Farm. The ending to...
Webwatch
Joanne Walpole looks at one of her favourite websites: www.bgfl.org/bgfl/index.cfm?s=1&m=220&p=136,index1The web address looks awful but it takes you straight to a list of maths resources for foundation stage all the way through to key stage...
Why Play I Spy When You Can Do Mathematics?
Robert Andrews and Paul Andrews have some conversations about mathematics.The following is a story of Robert's mental engagement with mathematics. It has been jointly written by Robert, who is a Y8 student, and his father, Paul, who is a mathematics...