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Primary Magazine - Issue 84

Created on 01 February 2016 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 05 February 2016 by ncetm_administrator


Primary Magazine Issue 84'snowdrops in Marlow church' by GlofGT_Girl (adapted), some rights reserved
Welcome to another issue of our Primary Magazine, which has now been serving primary teachers for more than 80 issues with a varied collection of articles related to maths education and mathematics professional development - all of which are available in the Primary Magazine Archive.


This month we have the first of a series of articles, which looks at developing and demonstrating understanding of mathematics in the National Curriculum; this month the focus is on describing and explaining.

Maths in the Staff Room suggests ways in which collective teacher discussions - both formal and informal - can form part of the ongoing process of professional learning, and help increase the effectiveness of maths teaching across the school. This month’s article looks at how teaching for misconceptions is part of teaching for understanding.

Seen and Heard provides a specific example of a child’s response to mathematics in a classroom to stimulate thinking and provoke questions about how you would react to similar events in your own classroom. This month children in a mixed-age Year 4/5/6 group respond to an elicitation task on fractions, prompting us to think about what children understand about the structure of fractions, and how fractions fit into the number system.

If you have a photograph or an account of a classroom conversation that might stimulate similar thought, please email it to us. If we publish your suggestion, we’ll put a £20 voucher in the post.

But first, as always, we have a News section, bringing news from the NCETM and beyond to keep you up to date with the fast-changing world of mathematics education.

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