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Teachers Talking Theory: In Action - Tom Rainbow

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Created on 07 May 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 20 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator

Teachers Talking Theory

Teachers Talking Theory: In Action is a set of professional development resources which comprise of video clips and associated activities. The materials can stimulate discussion and experimentation and are designed to be used in many different scenarios.
Tom Rainbow, Ivybridge Community College
Making the best of working in groups
Questioning to encourage deep mathematical thinking

Tom is interested in working on ways of helping his students to understand the conceptual structures within the mathematics he is teaching. He strives to find ways of helping them to generalise in order gain a deep understanding. He is particularly interested in developing strategies for effective questioning and group work.


Probes & Prompts


Tom discusses the potential problems associated with group work and his ways of overcoming these. Do you agree with these? How do you structure group work in your classroom? Share some strategies with your colleagues.


Tom talks about the tensions involved in always trying to follow up students’ thoughts and ideas in whole class discussion. What are your views?
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Encouraging deep mathematical thinking
Find out more about ways of working with these materials with other colleagues  

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Chris Slaughter, Kingsbridge Primary School
Tim Browse, Teyfant Community School
Sue Rayner, Yeo Moor Infants School


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The importance of children drawing their own pictures 


Mathematics as a creative discipline


Encouraging rich child-initiated activity


Students feeling positive about how they learn


Children making their own decisions when solving problems


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