To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: creative maths for all children!
Brilliant to hear of someone who is looking for an alternative to the use of worksheets! I've been doing some research over the past thirteen years, into children's own math - using their own informal marks and own written methods. I work with a colleague and we're both teachers, with a lot of experience teaching children 3 - 8 years. One way of supporting children is when you are considering some math which the children could write (or draw / represent) - is to use blank paper dn suggest 'Put something down to show...' with the emphaisi on the children's own thinking and their own meaning. We have just had a book published which explores this whole area (for all children, including those with learning difficulties): Worthington, M. and Carruthers, E. (2003) Children's Mathematics: making marks, making meaning. Thousand Oaks. CA. Sage Publishing. I'm not trying to push oour book - but just letting you know that therer are teachers out here who are also looking for more meaningful and relevant approaches. Let me know if I can be of any more help. Best wishes, Maulfry
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