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.

Teaching Strategies with Practical Suggestions

Teaching strategies with practical suggestions

This chapter will provide information and practical examples on:

  • Co-operative group work
    • Igloo
  • Inductive teaching
    • Letters
    • Graphwork
  • Direct Attention Thinking Tools (DATT)
    • A Porsche or not
    • The taxman sees all
  • Use of ICT
    • Tug of war
    • Spheres
    • Polygons.

Co-Operative Group Work

It would detract significantly from the purpose of developing creativity if you decided to deliver the activities in latter chapters from the front using a highly directed, step-by-step, teaching approach. That is not to say that there may be times when you will need to discuss particular points with everyone involved in order to move the learning on, but too much direction may discourage the more divergent thinker and hinder his/her creative process.

Many of the activities could ...

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