This new and updated edition of Teaching Mathematics Creatively offers a range of strategies to enable trainee and practising teachers to take an innovative, playful and creative approach to maths teaching. It promotes creativity as a key element of practice and offers ideas to involve your students and develop knowledge, understanding and enjoyment.
Exploring fresh approaches, this text explains the role of play in bringing mathematics alive for children and teachers alike. It identifies the power of story-telling in supporting mathematical thinking, examines cross-curricular teaching, and allows you to plan for teaching creatively. Imaginative ideas, underpinned by the latest research and theory, include:
- Learning maths outdoors - make more noise, make more mess or work on a larger scale
- Everyday maths - making sense of the numbers, patterns, shapes and measures children see around them
- Music and maths – the role of rhythm in learning, and music and pattern in maths
- Giant maths - how much food do you include on a giant shopping list?
Stimulating and accessible, 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. This book is an essential purchase for any professional who wishes to embed creative approaches to teaching in their classroom.
About the Author
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 2-15, based in Deptford, London, UK.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: what counts as creative mathematics? 2. I hate maths! Positive feelings, creative dispositions and mathematics 3. Motivating children: problem finding and problem solving 4. Developing understanding: talking and thinking about mathematics 5. Teaching mathematics creatively: real maths! 6. Teaching mathematics creatively: using story to teach maths 7. Teaching mathematics creatively: giant maths 8. Cross-curricular teaching: mathematics at the heart of the curriculum? 9. Mathematics outdoors: the world beyond the classroom 10. Building mathematical understanding: construction and architecture 11. Exploring mathematics through music 12. Conclusion: learning mathematics through playful teaching
What People are Saying About This
"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