Book: I Can’t do Maths! by @AlfColes & Nathalie Sinclair via @BloomsburyEd

Published by Bloomsbury Education

I Can't Do Maths!: Why children say it and how to change it: Why children say it and how to make a difference













  • For teachers who engage with teaching mathematics, this is a really useful book that shares five key 'dogmas' - helpful when thinking about mathematical development.
  • The authors build on encouraging as many concrete learning opportunities as possible, but on the understanding that a lot of mathematical learning is abstract, which will be challenging for some pupils.
  • This is not a resource-heavy book, but in-depth case studies, inventive lesson ideas, and easy-to-digest theories are scattered throughout, making it a solid bedrock for teachers grappling with a curriculum.
  • Mathematics is a global language, so the ideas and inspiration within the book will be suited for learning situations anywhere, with real-world mathematical problems illustrated to help learners anchor their learning.
  • This book is well-suited for experienced teachers and newly qualified colleagues, being a fantastic professional development resource to help embed quality teaching in mathematics.

Supported by Bloomsbury Education Publishing

An insightful, myth-busting book based on one core belief: maths doesn’t have to be scary!

Exploring the many myths around teaching and learning mathematics, this book offers practical strategies to dispel false beliefs and inspire teacher and pupil confidence in every primary maths lesson. Whether you’re an NQT finding your way around the maths curriculum, or an experienced teacher looking to boost your practice, this book is full of ideas, advice and activities to make maths enjoyable and accessible for you and your pupils.

From ‘maths is always right or wrong’ to ‘everyone has a mathematical ceiling’, Dr Alf Coles and Dr Nathalie Sinclair explain why these common dogmas inhibit learners and contribute to the maths anxiety that many children and even teachers face. Packed full of activities, techniques and concrete strategies, as well as real-life case studies and easy-to-digest theory, this is the perfect book for primary teachers looking to reignite mathematics in their classroom and improve learning for all pupils.


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