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.

Just a Beginning: Activities to Start Things Off

Just a beginning: Activities to start things off

This chapter will provide tasks which may be used as the first stage in encouraging students to take more control over their learning.

Tasks are:

  • Trick or treat
  • Number bases
  • Probable or what?
  • Hats
  • Garden maths
  • Crowds.

Many researchers have shown how the type and quantity of information provided, and the way in which it is presented to students, has an effect on the creative response (Runco and Sakamoto in Sternberg, 1999: 80). The worksheets are designed to capture the imagination of the students, but for this initial stage in ‘releasing the brake’ the problems are laid out such that attention and interest are fostered while providing the reassurance of some structure. ...

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