This book helps readers to become better, more confident teachers of mathematics by enabling them to focus critically on what they know and what they do in the classroom. Building on their close observation of primary mathematics classrooms, the authors provide those starting out in the teaching profession with a four-stage framework which acts as a tool of support for developing their teaching: Making sense of foundation knowledge – focusing on what teachers know about mathematics; Transforming knowledge – representing mathematics to learners through examples, analogies, illustrations, and demonstrations; Connection – helping learners to make sense of mathematics through understanding how ideas and concepts are linked to each other; Contingency – what to do when the unexpected happens
Each chapter includes practical activities, lesson descriptions, and extracts of classroom transcripts to help teachers reflect on effective practice. Video versions of these lessons are also available on a companion website.
Chapter 1: Inside Naomi's Classroom
Inside Naomi's Classroom
This book is about some of the things that teachers know, that help them to teach mathematics well. There will be some ‘theory’, but most of the book is rooted firmly in real classrooms, with some teachers and pupils who helped to make the book possible. In fact, we shall visit one of these classrooms very soon.
Teachers are very serious about their work, and constantly want to get better at what they do. This improvement comes about through a variety of influences. You ...