Teaching Patterns & Sequences

These articles make the case for teaching in a way that emphasises understanding of underlying structures rather than simply noticing patterns in sequences.

Go Forth and Generalise

Stage: 3

Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

Train Spotters' Paradise

Stage: 3 and 4

Dave Hewitt suggests that there might be more to mathematics than looking at numerical results, finding patterns and generalising.

Spaces for Exploration

Stage: 3

Alf Coles writes about how he tries to create 'spaces for exploration' for the students in his classrooms.