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Teaching Mathematics : Foundations to Middle Years - Dianne Siemon

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“I was never any good at maths. I dropped it as soon as I could.”

How many times have you heard your students make a similar statement when asked to study mathematics? Teaching Mathematics counters this with a rich set of practical pedagogy that will connect students to the bigger picture of mathematics and show them how to:

  • Communicate mathematically
  • Feel positive about mathematics and their role in teaching it
  • Enter the classroom confident they are equipped with the practical knowledge, skills, strategies and activities to teach maths.
Key Features:
  • Unique structure that takes readers through the stages of how students learn maths, and how to teach maths, before drilling down to the specific themes by age group.
  • Spans early childhood, primary and middle years (K-9)
  • A rich selection of features to help students feel confident about teaching math.
  • Big Ideas: The main concepts of the chapter and encourage mathematical thinking
  • Chapter objectives: Highlight the main points of the chapter and list the skills the chapter will help develop.
  • Communicating Mathematically: Develop student’s communication skills in mathematics by illustrating conventions, uses of language, materials, symbols diagrams, interaction patterns.
  • Consider and Discuss: Specific tasks/questions/activities that will get everyone involved in tutorials. themselves (ie: focus on own knowledge). They are closely related to the text.
  • Did you know?: Short historical and cultural facts that show math it in the larger context and illustrate why mathematics is viewed and taught in the way it is today.
  • For the Classroom: Activities students can pick up and take with them into the classroom.
  • Handy Hints: Practical tips to help students prepare their lessons with confidence.
  • Integrating Technology / ICT: Suggests uses of digital technologies in the classroom.
  • Issues in Teaching: Discussion of contentious topics.
  • Making Connections: Links the big ideas in mathematics to other disciplines, and relevant mathematical learning.
  • Think and Link: Helps students navigate their way throughout the book, drawing on information introduced in earlier chapters and then elaborated on in later chapters.
  • Vignettes at start of each part and each chapter: Short stories with some exploratory questions to engage the pre-service teachers with the underlying themes and concepts of the chapters.
  • Chapter objectives, key terms, review questions to help students cement their learning

About the Author

Jennifer Bowes is Professor of Early Childhood at the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, and founding Director of the Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University. Kerry Hodge is an Honorary Associate in the Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University. Rebekah Grace is a Senior Research Fellow and the Program Manager for Early Childhood Research in the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), University of New South Wales.


Not Teacher-Friendly


Considering this is a book written for teachers, looking at how they can teach maths effectively, the book is not useful for teachers to use. The book seems to puts forward viewpoints that are at odds with the majority of mathematics education professionals and lecturers. While some sections of the book are useful for initial planning and diagnostics, but in terms of concrete examples and resources for ongoing units, the book fails to provide these. Its theory which is full-on and not user-friendly.



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Teaching Mathematics

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Part 1: Setting the Scene1. Understanding School Mathematics2. Learning Mathematics3. Teaching MathematicsPart 2: Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities4. Thinking Mathematically5. Communication: Making Connections in Mathematics6. Representations: Materials, Language and Recording7. Assessing and Reporting8. DiversityPart 3: Exploring the Big Ideas in Mathematics9. Numeracy in the Curriculum10. Developing Number Sense11. A Sense of Measurement and Geometry12. Statistics and ProbabilityPart 4: Laying the Basis for F - 4 Mathematics13. Pattern and Structure14. Developing Early Number Ideas and Strategies15. Introducing Place Value16. Developing Additive Thinking in F - 417. Introducing Multiplicative Thinking in the Early Years18. Introducing Fractions and Decimal Fractions19. Developing Measurement Concepts and Strategies20. Developing Geometric Thinking and Concepts21. Early Chance and DataPart 5: Extending Mathematics to the Middle Years22. Extending Number: Fractions, Decimals and Reals23. Working with Addition, Subtraction and Additive Thinking24. Working with Multiplication, Division and Proportional Reasoning25. Algebraic Thinking, Pattern and Order26. Consolidating Measurement Concepts27. Shape and Space: Geometric Thinking and Concepts in Years 5 - 928. Statistics and Probability in the Middle Years29. Becoming a Professional Teacher of MathematicsGlossaryBibliographyIndex

ISBN: 9780195568455
ISBN-10: 0195568451
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 720
Published: 28th November 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.1  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.77