Understanding and Teaching Primary Mathematics Endorsers
Once again, Tony Cotton has produced a very accessible and engaging book which will be a great support to trainee teachers from a range of teaching routes, including School Direct and Teach First. The book gives insight into a range of activities and resources which can be used in the class, providing comprehensive links to National Curriculum requirements. It supports these with an in depth analysis of some of the issues related to the teaching of mathematics, such as subject knowledge and pedagogy. Portfolio tasks and self-audits are provided, which will help to develop and enrich practice. This book is altogether a very practical classroom support which will be invaluable resource for those seeking to enhance their own practice.
Keith Brentnall. Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, Northumbria University, UK
Our students find 'Understanding and Teaching Primary Mathematics' accessible and engaging, helping them to understand the 'Big Ideas' in Primary mathematics. This new edition provides up to date links to the new National Curriculum and the latest research which will keep all our students up to date with Primary mathematical developments. The content closely supports both the BA and PGCE Primary Education mathematics courses and is referred to throughout the year. This book will continue to be a key text for all our primary BA and PGCE students.
Brenda Wood, Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, University of Greenwich, UK
This is not only an essential handbook for beginning teachers in the primary phase it is also of tremendous value to secondary maths teachers. Many children struggle to make sense of the fundamental concepts in mathematics and carry confusion through their school years. Tony Cotton demonstrates clearly how teachers can work to (re)construct their learner's understanding.
This superb handbook connects the findings of research with specific pedagogic approaches and classroom tasks. It will support teachers as they reflect on their classroom practice with their colleagues and mentors.
Anyone who is engaged in devising programmes for initial teacher education and for continuing professional development will appreciate the depth of scholarship underpinning this book.
Corinne Angier, Senior Lecturer Mathematics Education, Sheffield Hallam University, and regional mathematics lead for Teach First, UK
Understanding and Teaching Primary Mathematics provides a valuable resource for both in-service and pre-service teachers. It combines both pedagogy and content knowledge to build fundamental mathematical understandings with practical suggestions on how this knowledge is enacted in the classroom. I will definitely be using it in my undergraduate teaching courses and strongly recommend it to other mathematics teacher educators.
Confidence in the teaching of Primary Maths is fundamental to successful pupil outcomes and this book provides access to a rich and varied collection of resources to support the novice and experienced teacher at every turn. It combines underpinning theory with relevant and accessible pedagogical approaches which support the development of learners’ deep mathematical understanding.
Sue O’Brien, Principal Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Mathematics, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
This book should be a core text for all teacher training pathways. It reflects the need for in-depth subject knowledge, pedagogical excellence and an enthusiasm for mathematics. The range of issues and challenges addressed forms a substantial basis for developing an understanding of the complexities and expectations of the modern primary classroom. The style is clear and concise, and the integration of ICT support reflects a modern learning environment in an effective and engaging manner.
Nick Tinsdeall, Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, University of Cumbria, UK
This is a comprehensive journey through the key areas of teaching primary mathematics. The inclusion of fundamental big ideas and teaching points, covering mathematical misconceptions, make this a valuable resource for the beginning teacher or more experienced primary practitioners.
Richard Holme, Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, University of Dundee, UK
With ongoing education curriculum reviews and political changes at local and national levels, this new edition of a key textbook is both timely and relevant. Cotton continues to remind us of the importance of the methods shaping the teaching and learning of mathematics from teacher trainees through ongoing professional development for all maths teachers in both domestic and international contexts.
Richard Race, Senior Lecturer in Education, Roehampton University, UK
Cotton’s narrative throughout the book will support teachers and student teachers to make links between mathematical content knowledge and pedagogy. The book weaves theory, content and pedagogy through examples of real life teaching experiences. Teachers and student teachers alike will find this book and its companion features an informative and useful resource for professional and personal development.
Karen Major, Professional Teaching Fellow in Primary Mathematics, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Teaching for Mathematical Understanding Endorsers
Teaching for Mathematical Understanding uses a consistent approach to all mathematics teaching, and is not simply offering 'problem solving lessons’. Teachers, both serving and training, can use the tasks and adapt them for a broad range of learners. I recommend this volume as the tasks cover all aspects of the mathematics curriculum.
Ray Huntley, Lecturer in Primary Education, Brunel University London, UK
This book has an emphasis on developing deep subject knowledge through a range of creative ways with problem solving being at the heart of the its approach. Trainee and practising teachers will be able to use this book as a guide to secure their understanding of key mathematical concepts and teach them to their pupils in a creative way.
Nasreen Majid, Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, University of Reading, UK
This book is a really helpful resource. The emphasis on using a problem solving approach to learning is exceptionally good. Understanding and Teaching Primary Mathematics is a useful resource for both the teacher and student teacher.
John O’Shea, Senior Lecturer in Education, Mary Immaculate College, Ireland