- #UKEdChat session 550
- Many please think that maths is dull because of how it was taught in the past
- A positive maths culture is important learning effectively.
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Many people may see creative maths as an oxymoron. Unfortunately, this view may have arisen from how they were taught maths in the past, where a question is asked with one rigid solution, often practised as page after page of bland questions with little variation disconnected to our everyday world.
However, mathematicians would disagree.
Like the best whodunit or puzzles, applying the right item for the maths toolkit and understanding what the calculations tell you about the world is fascinating. But before one is well versed in this toolkit, one must learn the basics, and that takes practice. Yet that does not necessarily mean dozens of dry, abstract questions for a yellowing school textbook. Like all good classroom learning, it must be related back to the world beyond the classroom and shown how it is applicable to our real lives. It seems to me that creativity in maths is often mute in the hinterland between the hands-on approach of the early years, and the creative application of maths at university and beyond. How can primary and secondary schools develop a better creative maths culture?
In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 29th April 2021 at 8pm(UK), and for the After Hours Webinar at 9pm we were joined by Rachel Cully to discuss how a positive maths culture can be developed, how to create more meaningful maths lessons, and creative approaches to learning maths which relates to the real world.
- Is there a positive culture around maths in your school? How have you achieved this? How could it be improved?
- How do you build on, deepen and connect mathematical concepts and ideas?
- How do you encourage learners to demonstrate conceptual understanding?
- What is the place of manipulatives in your classroom?
- How do encourage mathematical discussions in your classroom and beyond?
- What creative teaching approaches have worked well for you in maths?
- Is there a place for creativity in maths?
- What one thing could you do to promote creativity in maths tomorrow?