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.

The Role of the Teacher

The role of the teacher

This chapter will focus on the role of the teacher:

  • Is teaching an art or a science?
  • Trust and risk
  • Assessment.

Hopkins and Harris (2000) remind us that once the classroom door is shut, creating the optimum conditions for learning becomes the responsibility of the teacher. What this means in practice is that you, as a teacher, make decisions about how learning is best promoted. This may include turning unexpected events into gainful learning experiences: questions asked by pupils may change the direction of the lesson.

Using the term ‘artistry’ to describe this aspect of teacher behaviour, Hopkins and Harris draw on the words of Lou Rubin (1985) from which I have selected these phrases.

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