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ERIC Number: EJ775323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
When Numbers Had Personalities
Robinson, James
Mathematics Teaching, n185 p19-21 Dec 2003
Mathematics is not only taught because it is useful. It should be a source of delight and wonder, offering pupils intellectual excitement and an appreciation of its essential creativity. In this article, the author discusses four basic principles that he currently believes: (1) All children can do mathematics; (2) Active participation is required for learning to take place; (3) Tasks which are self-engaging, are the most valuable; and (4) Extrinsic rewards are unnecessary. He also presents an account of a lesson where he demonstrated mathematics in a different context to his two Y7 classes, in the hope of changing their perception of mathematics and to make mathematics more personal to them. The task involved the use of plays to engage with numbers and operations--to personalise the abstract.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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