Teaching Mathematics Creatively
Routledge – 2011 – 156 pages
Are you looking for new ideas to capture the reluctant maths pupils in your class?
How can story, drama and GIANTS help you teach maths?
Teaching Mathematics Creatively is crammed full of practical approaches for bringing the teaching of mathematics to life. From an examination of where maths is failing to engage pupils in the 21st century, to a wide range of exciting approaches and ideas for ensuring it is possible to teach in a creative way, this is a stimulating and enjoyable source of inspiration for busy teachers.
It promotes creativity as a key element to develop young children’s knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of mathematics and offers a range of strategies to enable teachers to take a playful approach to mathematics teaching. Imaginative ideas include:
Underpinned by the latest research and theory and with contemporary and cutting-edge practice at the forefront, Teaching Mathematics Creatively includes a wealth of innovative ideas to enthuse teachers and enrich maths teaching. It is an essential purchase for every teacher who wishes to employ creative approaches to teaching in their classroom.
"This book offers both a fantastic insight and vision for developing a creative classroom which encourages active engagement, collaboration, choice and learner-driven feedback.
The authors show that in promoting a creative learning environment you can encourage richer conceptions of learning and the development of a learning community that enables children to make plans, review their experiences which then enhances their predictive and analytical abilities and develop a sense of responsibility for themselves and the choices they make." - Glenys Ingham, Headteacher at Myatt Garden Primary School, London, UK
"With dramatic flair, Trisha Lee and Linda Pound combine their unique knowledge of theatre and education to demonstrate new ways of teaching maths. And guess what? It's all about telling stories and acting out ideas, just the thing children love to do. Page by page, the authors show us how to trust a playful approach and join the children in imagining a life of mathematical thinking." - Vivian Gussin Paley
"Teaching Mathematics Creatively is a valuable resource for mathematics education researchers at the elementary school level. Recommended. "—Choice
Chapter 1. What counts as mathematics? Chapter 2. I hate maths! – Positive feelings, creative dispositions and mathematics Chapter 3. Problem-finding and problem-solving Chapter 4. Talking and thinking about mathematics Chapter 5. Real maths! Chapter 6. Story maths Chapter 7. Giant maths Chapter 8. Mathematics at the heart of the curriculum? Chapter 9. Mathematics and the world beyond the classroom Chapter 10. Building mathematical understanding: construction and architecture Chapter 11. Music and mathematics Chapter 12. Playful teaching
Linda Pound has great educational experience and has published extensively in the fields of learning and creative maths. She is an Early Years Education Consultant and a regular contributor to Nursery World.
Trisha Lee is Founder and Artistic Director of MakeBelieve Arts, a social enterprise offering innovative, high quality theatre and education programmes to develop the creative potential of children aged 2 to 15, based in Deptford, London, UK.