• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Contingency: Tales of the Unexpected!
Contingency: Tales of the unexpected!

In earlier chapters you were encouraged to consider a range of aspects of teaching mathematics – the use of resources in the classroom to represent ideas or concepts, the choice of examples that teachers make to use with the children, and the ways in which a teacher elicits what a child may know in order to develop the child's network of connections. In this chapter we come to the final dimension of the Knowledge Quartet – ...

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