Understanding and Teaching Primary Mathematics
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Understanding and Teaching Primary Mathematics is a full colour, core textbook for anyone training to teach Maths at primary level. A self-audit is provided at the outset to assess your prior knowledge and highlight areas for your personal development. The book will then help you to develop your mathematical understanding by encouraging you to think mathematically. You will be asked to create an action plan to aid your development and this will also allow you to build up a portfolio of evidence to help you achieve QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
Rather than treating subject knowledge and pedagogy as two separate entities, the book sets maths subject knowledge in context, showing you how to apply it in the classroom, through models and cases of best practice. Misconception boxes appear throughout each chapter to highlight common misconceptions children have in maths and help you to make connections between different areas of mathematics so that your pupils will see mathematics as a whole rather than a series of separate and often disparate ideas. Case studies in each chapter also provide you with an exemplar lesson plan annotated by a new teacher which shows you how to deal with a common misconception. This book will help you to deliver Maths at primary level in a clear and confident manner.
Chapter 1 Teaching and Learning Primary Mathematics
Chapter 2 What should I Know? What do I Know?
Chapter 3 Using and Applying Mathematics
Chapter 4 Counting and Understanding Number
Chapter 5 Knowing and Using Number Facts
Chapter 6 Calculating
Chapter 7 Understanding Shape
Chapter 8 Measuring
Chapter 9 Handling Data
Chapter 10 Teaching and learning mathematics in the Early Years
Chapter 11 Issues of inclusion
Chapter 12 ICT and teaching and learning mathematics
Chapter 13 The QTS skills test
- Progression sections throughout the book demonstrate how mathematical ideas can be taught to different age groups
- Audit and portfolio tasks allow students to monitor their subject knowledge and build up a portfolio of evidence
- Teaching points highlight common misconceptions in the classroom
- Includes a chapter on how to pass the Numeracy QTS skills test
Tony Cotton is Associate Dean at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has 15 years' experience teaching maths education and 10 years' experience teaching maths in schools.