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Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by florapost, Jun 16, 2011.
you might try posting this in 'primary'
It is a worry that your Maths is not as good as a class of 10 year olds. Have you a mentor who can help you in school? Is there an LEA Maths advisor that you can turn to? Can you still contact your University to see if there are any Maths lecturers there that might be able to assist?
In the end, you WILL need to improve your own skills. If not, perhaps you can hand over the class to someone who can teach Maths whilst you take their class for something less difficult for you to teach.
cyolba, biting his lip
if you have a group of serious smart a**es, is there a designated person in the school to field curve ball questions (at mine, it's me )
do not be embarrassed to ask head of maths if you are stuck on something - my sister who is an h o m tries to impress this on all her staff
florapost, having a little more sympathy
I suggest that you
<ol>[*]try to get access to graded photocopier resource such as 10 ticks. [*]check with someone else to see if there is more than one method[*]to help with breaking a method or algorithm down you may need graded exercises</ol>1e.g http://www.10ticks.co.uk/
Does your school have similar?
2 for example there are two main subtraction algorithms plus others...
3 oldies like me say graded "exercises" this is also known "sequenced in difficulty"
look here at these http://www.sssoftware.com/freeworksheets/subtraction.html
this question is much harder to answer but can say that a good mathematical definition book is a great boon often called a "Mathematics Study Dictionary".
I found the Oxford Mathematics Study Dictionary by Frank Tapson
I bought my own copy of this one, I did private tuition and found it provides a nice grounding.
Speak to your line manager about doing this as part of your CPD.
I assume the missingword is worried or terrified.
Don't be...seek as much help ASAP. Ask the folks on here as much as you want they can be 'good eggs'.
Never be embarrased by what you don't know.
I make a point of showing children that I look things up when not 100% sure. I have the COED in electronic form and play the received pronunciations to the children. They find the 'posh' voices hilarious.
after dark - so right
really bright kids love to be used as resources 90% of the time
the others are on the aspergers/ocd line - and should be allowed to get on on therir own
1. Get hold of a copy of Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers by Derek Haylock.
2. Get onto the personal learning bit of www.ncetm.org (national council for excellence in teaching maths). Loads and loads of really good stuff there to develop your own subject knowledge and pedagogy, starting with self evaluation tools to help you identify gaps, then resources to help you work through them.
3. See if you can get onto MaST - the primary specialist maths teacher course. The first year is specifically designed to improve subject knowledge and pedagogy and so will be just what you need.