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Interactive Maths Teaching in the Primary School



October 2006 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Nick Pratt's book looks in detail at the real meaning of teaching mathematics interactively in primary schools. Each section is set clearly within a context, is linked by 'key ideas' – the important bits to think about – and is summarised to give a succinct close to the chapter's content and thinking. It is a book that the reader will definitely find useful and thought provoking. It certainly made me consider how small changes and a wider variety of approaches in the classroom can make big changes in children's learning and understanding of mathematical concepts' - Mike Eatwell, Primary Maths Advisor, Bristol LEA

Using a whole-class, interactive approach to teaching mathematics is a key feature of the National Numeracy Strategy (NNS), and this book looks at not only what works but also why things work.

Teachers will be able to understand why and how the various teaching strategies they are using in their classrooms have a positive effect on children's learning.

The book covers:

" how to engage in meaningful reflective practice that will improve your lessons

" how to use whiteboards

" making mathematical meaning through talk

" getting the whole class interacting

" thinking, talking and acting mathematically

" teaching number - starting points

" teaching shape and space - starting points

" developing your interactive teaching

" a glossary of terms

It is aimed at both practising and trainee teachers, and offers clear subject guidance as well as an explanation of a key part of the NNS. It supports both individuals and mathematics subject leaders delivering INSET to their colleagues.

 
What This Book Is About... And How To Use It
 
Interactive Teaching and The Primary Mathematics Curriculum
 
Making Mathematical Meaning Through Talk
 
The Challenges Of Whole Class Interaction
 
Thinking, Talking and Acting Mathematically
 
Starting Points For Interactive Number Work
 
Starting Points For Interactive Shape and Space Work
 
Developing Your Interactive Teaching
 
Glossary Of Terms
 
References
 
Appendices And Photocopiable Resources

'Nick Pratt’s book looks in detail at the real meaning of teaching mathematics interactively in primary schools. Each section is set clearly within a context, is linked by ‘key ideas’ – the important bits to think about – and is summarised to give a succinct close to the chapter’s content and thinking. It is a book that the reader will definitely find useful and thought provoking. It certainly made me consider how small changes and a wider variety of approaches in the classroom can make big changes in children’s learning and understanding of mathematical concepts' - Mike Eatwell, Primary Maths Advisor, Bristol LEA


This has some useful ideas for interactive teaching for mathematics. I particularly liked the fact it was a blend of specific examples with more general tips. A useful book to support dialogic and collaborative mathematics in primary school.

Mrs Rachel Wallis
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
February 20, 2016

A nice text that gives student teachers a flavour of active approaches to teaching Maths and Numeracy

Mrs Shelagh Whyte
CPS, Strathclyde University
July 2, 2013

This is a good book that highlights some key areas in an informative, easily read and understood way - ticks lots of boxes.

Mrs Kathryn Peckham
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
April 15, 2013

A useful book for generating interactive teaching practices

Miss Gemma Richardson
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
March 13, 2012

A very useful book in supporting students in understanding the essence of effective mathematics teaching.

Ms Helen Yorke
School of Primary Education, Birmingham City University
March 8, 2012

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