Creative Maths Activities for Able Students: Ideas for Working with Children Aged 11 to 14
Publication Year: 2006
Finding stimulating and challenging maths activities for able pupils in a mainstream classroom can be demanding for the busy teacher, especially if maths is not your specialism. Based on her experience as an Advanced Skills Teacher and LEA Consultant, Anne Price explains the issues and theories surrounding the education of able pupils and links these to practical, creative examples to be used in the classroom. Useful resources include: - Photocopiable materials, - Advice on different teaching styles, - Activities and tasks for individuals, groups or the whole class GATCOs, Numeracy Consultants, Learning Support Teachers and Student and class teachers looking for new and creative ways of teaching maths activities to able students will find this book invaluable.
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Part A
- Chapter 1: Perceptions of Creativity
- Chapter 2: The Education of Gifted Students
- Chapter 3: The Role of the Teacher
- Part B
- Chapter 4: Teaching Strategies with Practical Suggestions
- Co-operative Group Work: Igloo
- Inductive Teaching: Letters
- The Taxman Sees All
- Use of ICT: Tug of War
- Chapter 5: Just a Beginning: Activities to Start Things Off
- Trick or Treat
- Number Bases
- Probable or What?
- Garden Maths
- Chapter 6: Getting More Confident
- One Poem
- Oh Grandma!
- Shall We Dance?
- Chapter 7: Ideas Just Flow
- Murphy's Law
- Charlie's Garden
- Chapter 8: Master Classes
- For Sale: Large Horse
- Mathematics Olympics
© Anne Price, 2006
First published 2006
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About the Author
My thanks go to the many who have supported me in the production of this book.
To my tutors (now colleagues) at Oxford Brookes University who sparked off my interest in creativity.
To the mathematics department and senior team at Cedars Upper School who generously gave me the time and opportunity to trial my ideas.
To my family of able mathematicians who have made this book possible through their practical assistance, constructive criticism and ongoing encouragement.
My thanks also to the © Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for agreement to include within the Teaching Notes extracts from the National Curriculum in Action to be found at http://www.ncaction.org.uk/subjects/maths/progress.htm[Page x]
Just for Teachers[Page 107]
Are you someone who reads the first few pages and the last page of a book? Please have a look at the middle!
At first glance you may find the tasks rather strange, but if you let your mathematical mind wander off the straight and narrow of the average textbook you will find many exciting detours.
Can I encourage you to think about the activities as you travel to school in the morning or even to pose a version of it as an after-dinner subject for discussion by your family and friends. It's maths, but not as we know it!
If your experience of using this type of material is similar to mine you will soon be caught up in the magic of watching and supporting young minds less restrained by conventional thinking than our own.
Next time you go to a party, explain how exciting it is to be a mathematics teacher and how privileged we are to watch young minds create.[Page 108]
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