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Mathematical Tasks: The Bridge Between Teaching and Learning

Mathematical Tasks: The Bridge Between Teaching and Learning

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This is a book for classroom teachers. Chris and Mark offer a range of practical examples for nurturing deep learning in mathematics that can be adapted and embedded in one's own classroom practice. This is also a book for those who are interested in the theory behind tasks. The authors and their interviewees examine the key role tasks play in shaping learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment.

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If we want our pupils to develop fluency, understanding and the ability to solve complex problems, then it is vital that teachers develop the ability to select, adapt and design appropriate mathematical tasks. In 'Mathematical Tasks: The Bridge Between Teaching and Learning', Chris McGrane and Mark McCourt explore a range of practical approaches, strategies and principles behind the design and effective use of tasks in the mathematics classroom that lead to all pupils becoming successful learners.

First-hand interviews with world-class mathematics education experts and practising teachers bring to life the ideas behind how tasks can act as a bridge between what the teacher wants the pupil to make sense of and what the pupil actually does makes sense of; tasks are how we enable pupils to enact mathematics - it is only by being mathematical that pupils can truly make connections across mathematical ideas and understand the bigger picture.

This is a book for classroom teachers. Chris and Mark offer a range of practical examples for nurturing deep learning in mathematics that can be adapted and embedded in one's own classroom practice. This is also a book for those who are interested in the theory behind tasks. The authors and their interviewees examine the key role tasks play in shaping learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment.

Suitable for teachers at all stages in their careers and teachers are encouraged to return to the book from time to time over the years to notice how their use of tasks in the classroom changes as they themselves develop.

About the Authors

Chris McGrane has been working in mathematics education for 15 years, having taught in four very different schools. He has previously led a department in developing pedagogy, the curriculum and improving attainment. Much of this work was centred on designing and adapting high-quality mathematical tasks. Chris has worked as a CPD consultant with La Salle Education, delivering CPD and training across Scotland, from Galashiels to Lerwick and everywhere else in between. However, the call of the classroom never left and Chris is now Principal Teacher of Mathematics in Scotland's largest school. Chris is also involved in running the Glasgow branch of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) and runs the popular website startingpointsmaths.com. Chris can be found on Twitter as @chrismcgrane84

Mark McCourt is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas. A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust. Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD.

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Author Chris McGrane and Mark McCourt
ISBN 9781913622060
No of pages 318
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1 Oct 2020

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