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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
Themes
 
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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Sue Briggs, The Castle School
Tom Rainbow, Ivybridge Community College
Debbie Weible, Oldway Primary School
Chris Slaughter, Kingsbridge Primary School
Sue Rayner, Yeo Moor Infants School

 

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

 

Questioning to encourage deep mathematical thinking

 


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