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Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School

Second Edition
  • Paul Chambers - formerly course leader for PGCE mathematics at Edge Hill University
  • Robert Timlin - Secondary mathematics teacher, Liverpool
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March 2013 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

 'Chambers and Timlin write with clarity and purpose. The authors link the theory of teaching mathematics with simple reflective questions and interesting maths tasks. There is practical advice on planning, assessment and differentiations, amongst other pertinent themes' -Jacqueline Oldham, PGCE Secondary Mathematics Course Tutor, St Mary's University College

'This is a very practical guide for learning to teach mathematics for student teachers on all training routes. Chapters are focused and readable but succeed in tackling issues in depth giving the reader strong academic support' -Anne Haworth, PGCE Secondary Mathematics Course Tutor, University of Manchester

This book is an essential companion for anyone training to teach mathematics in secondary education. It offers clear and engaging coverage of all major aspects of mathematics teaching that you will need to engage with in order to successfully train for the classroom.

This Second Edition includes:

  • a new chapter exploring different teaching approaches including active learning, effective group work and creative mathematics teaching
  • expanded coverage of assessment, using resources in the classroom and metacognition and learning
  • updated coverage of recent developments in education policy and the 2012 Teachers' Standards 

This is essential reading for anyone training to teach secondary mathematics including postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT) and school-based routes into teaching.

Free digital resources for extra support is available in the book's companion website. It includes:
  • Web links and further reading for each chapter
  • A video series of a sample classroom lesson filmed in a real-life setting
 
Teaching Mathematics
 
Mathematics in the Wider School Context
 
Planning to Teach a Mathematics Lesson
 
The Elements of a Mathematics Lesson
 
Learning Mathematics
 
Assessment
 
Personalizing Learning
 
Teaching Different Topics
 
Teaching Strategies
 
ICT in Mathematics Teaching
 
Continuing Professional Development

'Chambers and Timlin write with clarity and purpose. We have recommended this book as one of the key texts for our PGCE (secondary) mathematics trainees. The authors link the theory of teaching mathematics with simple reflective questions and interesting maths tasks. There is practical advice on planning, assessment and differentiations, amongst other pertinent themes. Trainee teachers have incorporated this advice into their practice as well as reflected upon it in their Masters assignments'
-Jacqueline Oldham, PGCE Secondary Mathematics Course Tutor, St Mary's University College


'This is a very practical guide for learning to teach mathematics for student teachers on all training routes. Chapters are focused and readable but succeed in tackling issues in depth (there is extensive discussion of the place of proof in the teaching and learning of mathematics, for example, and a valuable exploration of mathematical misconceptions and how to deal with them).

The reader is given strong academic support; each chapter has a discussion of relevant research, which is interesting in itself, supports trainees' classroom teaching and provides sound starting points for Master's level assignments and research enquiries. As well as lists of references, the 'Further reading' sections discuss and provide insight into a small selection of relevant publications.

The book encourages a reflective approach; on frequent occasions there is a pause for a 'Point for reflection', useful both for individual thinking and writing and for group discussions.

Also welcome is the wealth of practical examples throughout the book that provide ideas and help to make points clear, such as examples of comments on pupils' written work, open and closed questions, and possible approaches to teaching particular topics'
-Anne Haworth, PGCE Secondary Mathematics Course Tutor, University of Manchester


'The revised edition offers comprehensive coverage of key issues in Mathematics teaching. The in depth coverage of issues such as assessment for learning and a wide variety of teaching strategies makes it a valuable resource not only for those training to teach mathematics but for those starting their career'
-Mark Boylan

Reader in Teacher Education, Sheffield Hallam University



This book is a very good guide for an ITT in mathematics and we will consider adopting it in the near future - at present it is similar to the core text we already have adopted

Mr Tom Cowan
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
September 22, 2016

A good content and relevant methods. A interesting way to look at different methods.

Miss Julia Chiari
Employability, Work Ready People- Hit
September 4, 2014

Excellent source of practical advice with signposting to additional resources

Dr Heather Odell
Maths, York College
May 9, 2014

This is a useful source for Learning Support staff who without their own specialism, find themselves supporting mathematics in secondary contexts. It is recommended for secondary-based students on FdA Learning Support, and is particularly relevant for the module, Supporting the Curriculum.

Miss Caroline Meredith
School of Education and Innovation, Bishop Grosseteste University
December 9, 2013

An invaluable text linking the craft of classroom practice with theoretical insights to support students with practical research-based strategies in teaching mathematics in schools today.

Mr Manish Kothari
Department of Education, St Mary's University College
October 25, 2013

This will be a useful text to aid learners thorugh the supplementary Excellence in teaching in the lifelong learning sector module

Mrs Mary Kitchener
Education, Swindon College
October 2, 2013

The book is a helpful addition to the literature about secondary teacher preparation. I'd like to see more about the use of video for developing and improving teacher performance.

Dr David Cooper
Education (Walsall), Wolverhampton University
August 5, 2013

An excellent update of a well established text.

Mr Andrew Steed
Secondary & Post-Compulsory Education, Birmingham City University
May 7, 2013

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Paul Chambers

Paul Chambers was educated at Cambridge and Nottingham Universities. Subsequently, he worked in three different schools before spending many years recruiting and training teachers of mathematics at one of the largest providers of teacher education in the country. He has worked as external examiner for two universities. He has direct experience of several different programmes of initial teacher education, including full-time and flexible PGCEs and a three-year BSc with Qualified Teacher Status. He is fully conversant with the demands of other routes into teaching, such as School Direct and Teach First programmes. Previous publications... More About Author

Robert Timlin

Robert Timlin studied mathematics and theoretical physics then undertook further studies leading to the award of a PhD. Rob qualified as a teacher after a PGCE where he studied with co-author Paul Chambers. Rob has taught in several schools in the North West of England and in London. He has been both a successful Head of Department and Assistant Headteacher. He has also worked as an educational consultant, advising local authorities and other public and private bodies on the teaching of mathematics. He has taught on a number of higher education courses, including the establishment of a successful PGCE Mathematics course at Liverpool John... More About Author

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