Mathematics Explained for Primary Teachers Paperback – 20 July 2010
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About the Author
Derek Haylock is an education writer, with an extensive list of publications in the field of mathematics education. He worked for over 30 years in teacher education, both initial and in-service, and was Co-Director of Primary Initial Teacher Training and responsible for the mathematics components of the primary programmes at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich. He has considerable practical experience of teaching and researching in primary classrooms. His work in mathematics education has taken him to Germany, Belgium, Lesotho, Kenya, Brunei, India and Sweden. As well as his publications in the field of education, he has written seven books of Christian drama for young people and a Christmas musical (published by Church House/National Society). For 15 years after his time at UEA, he was in great demand as a consultant and professional speaker. His work as a writer continues.
- Publisher : SAGE Publications Ltd; 4th edition (20 July 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1848601972
- ISBN-13 : 978-1848601970
- Dimensions : 18.42 x 1.91 x 22.86 cm
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It is aimed at teachers looking to deepen their understanding of maths, but is just as useful for parents who are unfamiliar with modern words and styles used in their children's school work.
The book explains every topic in primary maths but, importantly, also how to explain it to others. Each topic shows several examples and also more than one way to explain each time.
The main point (and it's greatest strength) is that it teaches the 'teacher' or reader each topic independently - It teaches you the topic from scratch, not just how to explain something, to others, that you already know. For example, say that a teacher or parent doesn't have a deep understanding of how to work out percentage reductions. You can go straight to the percentages section in chapter 5, say, and have it explained in language that only assumes that you are moderately itelligent and able to learn - without needing to understand everything in chapters 1-4 first, or much about maths at all really.
It really breaks down every aspect of number from early concepts up to year 6. It helped with my subject knowledge and application of maths pedagogy. There are some really good ideas for lessons too.
I still use this book for teaching Maths lessons now (especially intervention groups)
The book itself has turned out to be very useful and well written for those who might need a little more help with maths teaching (especially if it was never your strong suit), would heartily recommend, especially if you're in need of it :)