How can teachers help children to develop reasoning skills? What is reasoning and how do we teach it? Much is being said in schools and education about the importance of reasoning skills. This book explores what reasoning is and what it is not. It includes examples of how reasoning in primary mathematics and science classes can develop. It shows how a connection between the ‘skills’ of mathematics and science can help children to gain a better understanding of reasoning. What is a conjecture? What makes you think? What makes you think about your thinking? What does reasoning look like? With links to classroom practice and examples of effective teaching throughout, this book not only provides an exploration of what reasoning is and why it’s important - it also show you how to develop children’s reasoning skills in your classroom.

Final remarks
Final remarks

This book was born from a desire to guide primary teachers and to encourage them to reason about reasoning in the classroom. Learners benefit from reflective, thoughtful teachers who constantly revisit and revise pedagogical approaches. A focus on learner reasoning gives, we feel, a powerful direction to this self-reflective approach. Consider:

  • is there part of your mathematics and science teaching which could further promote reasoning?
  • how would learners respond to more opportunity to reason?
  • how could you activate rather than facilitate reasoning?
  • are there colleagues who might join you in this journey?
  • from our 45 skills of reasoning which will you now promote and develop?
  • are you now reasoning about reasoning in the classroom?

We have said that reasoning is the currency of the future for learners but ...

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