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Teaching Maths to Pupils with Different Learning Styles

Teaching Maths to Pupils with Different Learning Styles

First Edition

112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Some pupils find even basic concepts in mathematics difficult to grasp so making lessons accessible to all can be challenging.

This book offers practising teachers a range of approaches that can help struggling students. By following its advice, you can make maths visible and tangible - not something that just lies flat on the page.

The book looks at different ways of teaching maths in order to stimulate pupils with different learning styles. It includes:

- ideas for lesson activities
- suggestions for exciting, visual ways to teach basic concepts
- lots of practical advice and guidance.

It will encourage you to use a variety of methods to teach the subject, showing ways to unlock mathematics for all your learners.

This useful resource will appeal to maths teachers in primary and secondary schools, SENCOs and teaching assistants.

Tandi Clausen-May is a Principal Researcher at the National Foundation for Educational Research, where she is responsible for the development of a range of curriculum and assessment materials. She contributes regularly to the Times Educational Supplement, and delivers popular workshops around the UK on teaching mathematics.

The Concept of Number
Models for Multiplication and Division
Place Value and Decimals
Ratio, Proportion and Percentages
Shape, Space and Measures
Angles and Circles
Data Handling

`The book carries us away from narrow views of ability and special needs and into the consideration of difference. The author… takes us through lively discussions of many aspects of mathematics learning. Each section offers learning and teaching ideas involving visual and kinaesthetic approaches. The book is a compendium of sound ideas rather than a collection of startlingly new approaches. But throughout it has the great strength of being exceptionally clear in its arguments, descriptions and drawings. The design is generally helpful with plenty of illustrations, as befits the book's message. There are handy pages of photocopiable resources.

This is a lively and often passionate account of ways of ensuring that multi-sensory approaches infect mathematics learning. As the author says, "pictures in the mind can help all pupils. We might add, "They help all teachers too"' - TES Extra for Special Needs

'The book is rich in lively teaching suggestions and in insights into the impact of different forms of explanation' - Debate

`It is a highly practical book. One strength… is the way that it develops a topic from the very basics through to the harder concepts. There are a large number of activities that are 'ready to run' but these really are just a starting point for teachers to begin thinking about teaching topics in a different way, and from these teachers will be able to develop their own approach. Although this book is focusing on pupils who are visual and kinaesthetic learners, the great majority of learners adopt a mixture of learning styles, so this approach will benefit the entire class. Worth a read!' - Maths Coordinator's File

`If you have found pupils struggling to understand some aspects of mathematics at any age then this book is for you. It is a very readable book that would interest all those who work in classrooms, whether as a teacher or support worker with all ages and abilities, for those who work with older pupils as it gives possible approaches to use with those for whom basic skills are weak or have difficulty in understanding some of the concepts required of GCSE examinations' - Alison Parish, Second in Mathematics Department, Stowmarket High School, Suffolk

'This excellent and very informative teaching resource is about teaching mathematics to pupils who have learning differences. [It] is very practical and easy to read. A really nice feature is the inclusion of photocopiable resource sheets allowing readers to try out easily the ideas suggested in the book. This resource is highly recommended and will be very suitable for maths teachers in primary and secondary schools, SENCOs and teaching assistants' - British Journal of Special Education

`This book is about making mathematics visible and tangible -- not something that just lies flat on the page. Dipping into it will provide instantly usable suggestions across a variety of topics at different levels: from early number concepts through to fractions and ratios, algebra, aspects of geometry (including angles and circles), and data handling. When you get a chance to read it more thoroughly you will find arguments for using these approaches, consideration of some of the pitfalls to avoid, and inspiration to develop different ways of helping students to achieve deep and connected understandings. For any teacher who wants to provide students with opportunities for visual and kinaesthetic learning in mathematics' - The Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc.

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

This book has lots of info but have not really used it much

Mrs Kerin Mould
tea, Tameside College
September 13, 2012

This book provides a good range of practical activities to help teach numeracy, with ideas and photocopiable resource sheets in order to make your own practical teaching aids. Although this is aimed at children the ideas are also relevant to adult learners

Mrs Caroline Adams
Preston Road Adult Education Centre, Adult Education Centre
June 19, 2012

This looks an interesting book with lots of practical advice and guidance. There are lots of ideas for lessons and it encourages a variety of methods for teaching

Mrs Louise Waude
Hair and , Hull College
June 22, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 (pdf file 100kb)

Photocopy masters (see page 16)

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Tandi Clausen-May

Dr. Tandi Clausen-May is an independent educational researcher and author. She is an experienced classroom practitioner, and has developed a range of curriculum and assessment materials for use in the mathematics classroom. She has worked with pupils and teachers in mainstream and in special schools, developing approaches designed to build on pupils' different strengths and aptitudes to develop their love and understanding of mathematics. She provides professional development for teachers, teaching assistants, and other educationalists. More About Author

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