Train Spotters' Paradise

Stage: 3 and 4
Article by Dave Hewitt

Published September 2012.


In mathematics classrooms, we are sometimes guilty of being satisfied with a 'pattern-spotting' approach to learning mathematics. As part of our feature on Patterns in Number Sequences, the ATM have kindly given us permission to share the following article written by Dave Hewitt, where he alerts us to 'the richness that can be gained by looking at a particular situation in some depth, rather than looking at it superficially in order to get a result for a table and then rushing on to the next example'.

Train Spotters' Paradise, by Dave Hewitt