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Active Learning : Early Years : Mathematics-specific Pedagogy


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1. How confident are you that you provide a learning environment that encourages active mental and physical learning in mathematics?

a. Mental and physical involvement


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Young children learn actively by investigating the world around them and through social activity with adults. Children’s interactions enable them to construct ideas and create a framework for thinking and learning that helps them to develop as learners. When children are actively involved in learning they are developing the mental structures that help them to think and move on; these are sometimes referred to as schemas.

Genuine problem solving can stimulate higher-level thinking in children. In overcoming difficulties children have to connect what they know to new situations. Problem solving can encourage children to make new connections with existing knowledge and provides motivation for learning.

Create an atmosphere where exploration and having a go are seen as important. Provide a rich and interesting environment, with plenty of varied activities, and don’t make things too easy for the children.

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