More Thinking Allowed in the Mathematics Classroom

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Hawker Brownlow Education, 2013 - Creative teaching - 84 pages
This book offers a range of tasks aimed at stretching primary students' thinking in mathematics. Background information is included, where appropriate, to highlight what should be the focus of the activity from a teaching perspective. Some activities include suggestions for extensions and/or additional supports to help meet the different ability levels within the same cohort of students. The classroom activities described are suitable for students in middle to upper primary school. However, many of the strategies and tools could be modified for implementation in the lower primary classrooms. Similarly, teachers of lower secondary classrooms will see the potential for adapting some activities for use with their students as well. Many of the ideas were gathered from discussions with teachers while others were gathered from classroom observations, various professional development experiences and a plethora of academic readings and personal research. They reflect the constant search by teachers to improve their pedagogy by increasing the challenge for their students and by incorporating higher levels of thinking into their mathematics classrooms.

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