Getting the right answers in maths is only half the problem. Understanding why what you're doing works is the part that often stumps students and teachers alike. Does maths feels like a collection of random rules and steps that somehow lead you to an answer? Don't worry you're not alone.
Ask yourself: why do we have odd and even numbers? Why do two negative numbers multiply to make a positive? Why do fraction operations work? What is cosine and where does it come from? Yes, but why? answers all of your questions, and sheds light on the hidden connections between everything in mathematics at school. Maths makes sense. It always has, but until now maybe no-one ever showed you.
A must-read for those training to teach primary or secondary mathematics via university-based (PGCE, BEd, BA w/QTS) or school-based (School Direct, SCITT, Teach First) routes and current teachers wishing to deepen their mathematical understanding.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR BEHIND THE BOOK WITH OUR SPECIAL FEATURE:
60 Seconds with Ed Southall
Ed Southall is a teacher trainer in mathematics working for Huddersfield University. He also teaches mathematics in a local 11-16 comprehensive school. Ed has worked in education for 13 years in a variety of roles, starting as a teacher of computing before taking up senior roles leading departments for both computing and mathematics, and working as an Assistant Headteacher. He has also worked abroad in the Middle East as a mathematics education consultant and teacher trainer. Find out more about Ed in our special author feature: 60 SECONDS WITH ED SOUTHALL
Introduction Chapter 1: Types of Numbers (Part 1) Chapter 2: The Four Operations Chapter 3: Angles and Shapes Chapter 4: Types of Numbers (Part 2) Chapter 5: Fractions and Proportionality Chapter 6: Measurement Chapter 7: Algebra Chapter 8: Statistics and Probability Chapter 9: Functions and Linear Graphs Chapter 10: The Pythagorean Theorem and Trigonometry