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Teachers Talking Theory: In Action - Tim Browse

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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.
Tim Browse, Teyfant Community School
A structured approach to problem solving
The importance of considering actions in word problems

Tim is interested in how children make sense of a written mathematical problem and how they decide what operation to use to solve it. He has devised a systematic teaching progression for this which uses the idea that children need to have an image based on the “mathematical actions” inherent in the situation being described.

Probes & Prompts


Why has Tim decided to focus on the actions suggested by the problem rather than the key words written within it?


Discuss Tim’s explanation of the progression he has devised. What elements strike a chord with you?

Click here to view more probes and prompts for use with this video

Additional Resources
4 classroom posters to display each of the four operations:
Resource Sheet A - Addition Problems
Resource Sheet B - Subtraction Problems
Resource Sheet C - Multiplication Problems
Resource Sheet D - Division Problems

See Linked Mathemapedia Entry


Reading word problems for meaning
Find out more about ways of working with these materials with other colleagues  

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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


Questioning to encourage deep mathematical thinking


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