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Using Resources to Support Mathematical Thinking

Using Resources to Support Mathematical Thinking
Primary and Early Years

Other Titles in:
Elementary Maths

June 2007 | 184 pages | Learning Matters
Using resources effectively is key to supporting children's mathematical learning. This idea is supported by the Primary Strategy, recent initiatives such as Excellence and Enjoyment and the growing emphasis on the need to develop children's thinking skills. This book explores how teachers can use resources effectively and so aid children in their mathematical problem-solving, reasoning and communication.
Children's mathematical thinking
Do resources matter in primary mathematics teaching and learning?
Using models and images to support children's mathematical thinking
Designing resources to develop logic and reasoning
Adapting resources for children with specific needs
Cross-curricular resources to develop mathematical thinking
The environment and the outdoor classroom as a mathematical resource
Exploiting interactive whiteboard technologies to support the development of mathematical thinking
Objectives index

"This is an excellent book, filling an important hole in the study of learning and teaching in mathematics" (Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire)

A very useful critical consideration of resources to support primary mathematics.

Mrs Rachel Wallis
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
February 10, 2015

A very useful text for students exploring this important aspect of mathematics teaching.

Ms Fiona Tidbury
Undergraduate Early Years and Primary Partnership Quality Group , University of Cumbria
October 19, 2014

The chapter on 'Do resources matter...' has provided a source of discussion with trainees and provides some insight into literature in the field and theoretical perspectives. The idea of adopting, adapting or creating resources is implicit within various chapters and therefore consideration of how these support / create an innovative environment can be explored.

Miss Sarah Wilkes
Primary ITE, Newman University College
October 17, 2012

Doreen Drews

Doreen Drews is a Principal Lecturer in Primary Mathematics at St Martin's College and has taught extensively within the Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. She was a mathematics advisory teacher for four years before joining St Martin's and has a particular interest in early years mathematics. More About Author

Alice Hansen

Alice Hansen is the Director of Children Count Ltd where she is educational consultant. Her work includes running professional development courses and events for teachers and teacher trainers, research and publishing. Alice has worked in education in England and abroad. Prior to her current work she was a primary mathematics tutor and the programme leader for a full-time primary PGCE programme at a large university in England. More About Author