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maths books for teachers

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lattedrinker, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. lattedrinker

    lattedrinker New commenter

    Can anyone on here recommend a good maths books for primary school teachers. One that explains how to teach the subject!! That shows all the different operations for instance.

  2. michaelt1979

    michaelt1979 Occasional commenter

  3. lattedrinker

    lattedrinker New commenter

    I've just got round to buying this book.
    Thanks for the heads up. Hope it sorts me out!
  4. sulkydame

    sulkydame New commenter

    Log onto the ncetm - best web site there is for maths teaching and learning. Set yourself up a profile. Very simple search feature - enter, for example, year 5 fractions, and look at the activities and exemplifications. It links extremely well with NC outcomes. Also you need to get a copy of the ncetm mastery document too.
  5. missied

    missied New commenter

    Agree with ncetm website
    Also try kangaroo maths
  6. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Ensure that you have worked through and are fluent with all the statutory mathematical requirements 'Mathematics Programme of Study Key Stages 1 & 2' - paying particular attention to 'Mathematics Appendix 1' - before you consider taking as gospel constructivist how-to guides like Haylock.

    You didn't say what KS you're working or even if you are in post right now but for the vast majority of Primary your task is to introduce students to and give them practice in the facts and instruments of mathematics. It's a ridiculously important role, laying foundations for all their future mathematics, so don't let constructivists tell you that you must set your sights on student 'mastery' or that you must produce fully formed mathematicians with conceptual understanding shining out of their backsides. Give your students the tools via direct instruction, give them in-class practice and then let them loose on more interesting problems using these tools following which you can lead in-class revision based upon your observations.

    You will find that some schools have a horrendous ad hoc document called a 'calculation policy' cobbled together in house but if you know the subject then you do not need to follow these chapter and verse. Do not neglect rote learning or algorithm practice. As with everything, work now saves time and stress later for you, for your colleagues and most importantly for your students.

    Good luck.

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