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.

Master Classes

Master classes

This chapter offers a couple of suggestions for master-class activities.

Tasks are:

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  • Mathematics Olympics

Master classes may be run in a range of formats such as a single year group across schools or across year groups within one school. They may be run within or outside the school day but, importantly, there needs to be quality time to devote to any activity with the appropriate support mechanisms in place. The numbers need to be big enough to generate a buzz but still be manageable.

Selection of the students is often of concern to the teachers I have worked with. There are several approaches. You can choose to

  • select those who are already achieving
  • select those who are obviously underachieving
  • select a ...
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