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Rekenrek 101: Pushing Mathematical Understanding

Rekenrek 101: Pushing Mathematical Understanding

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The rekenrek is an exciting and innovative classroom tool that enhances and supports the natural development of number sense in children. Amy How's brilliant book is full of practical examples of how to get the most out of this simple but powerful tool.

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Designed and developed by a mathematic curriculum researcher at the Freudenthal Institute at Utrecht University, the rekenrek is an exciting and innovative classroom tool that enhances and supports the natural development of number sense in children. It encourages learning across a range of mathematical skills and concepts, from simple addition and subitization to commutativity, distributive property and fractions.

However, despite the potential and versatility of this manipulative, there has been surprisingly little written about either its application or its benefits - until now.

When the stacks of rekenreks first arrived at Amy How's school, she was tasked with discovering and explaining their function to the rest of the staff - despite the scarcity of current research or other information. Over the six years since, she has developed her own set of tasks and strategies, which she regularly presents to teachers around the world. These techniques – effective, straightforward and very popular – are the basis of this book.

Rekenrek 101 is written in a format that makes for a useful teacher resource: not too long; clear, concise and inspiring enough for readers to try the new ideas the next day in class. It is easy to follow and easy to navigate while demonstrating a simple change in practice that stays up with current trends. This is not a book on theory, but it is based on what the latest research is telling us.

About the Author

Amy How is a Canadian who moved to the UK to pursue her dream of spreading the word globally on using the rekenrek in classrooms. She has been a primary teacher and mathematics mentor for 17 years in Canada as well as at an international school in the Netherlands. She has a master's degree in Education and has taught Bachelor of Education courses at Acadia University. Amy is an author, presenter, primary maths specialist, mentor, SLE and university professor. She has an infectious passion and enthusiasm for teaching and presenting. Rekenrek101@gmail.com

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Author Amy How
ISBN 9781912906444
No of pages 92
Format Paperback
Publication Date 28 Jun 2021

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