Maths Conference - Odense, Denmark 2020


Curiosity doesn't always kill the cat

“”¦ a teacher of mathematics has a great opportunity. If he fills his allotted time with drilling his students in routine operations he kills their interest, hampers their intellectual development, and misuses his opportunity. But if he challenges the curiosity of his students by setting them problems proportionate to their knowledge, and helps them to solve their problems with stimulating questions, he may give them a taste for, and some means of, independent thinking.”

Polya, G. (1945) How to Solve it



Here are links to the resources that Charlie recommended


Rope model 



Games

Got It
Square It
Factors and Multiples Game 
(100 squares available to print in Resources page)
 

Intriguing

Summing Consecutive Numbers
The Number Jumbler
Make 37 followed by What Numbers Can We Make?
Pair Products
What's Possible?
 

Challenges

Can they be equal?
Unequal Averages
Charlie's Delightful Machine
Odds and Evens
 

Tilted Squares - the video of a lesson

 
Links to resources to support teachers

 
Primary Curriculum
Secondary Curriculum

Meeting the Aims of the Primary Curriculum
Enriching the Secondary Curriculum

What we think and why we think it - Primary
What we think and why we think it - Secondary

Being a Good Thinker - Upper Primary
Thinking Mathematically - Secondary



Posters for the classroom.


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“I don't expect, and I don't want, all children to find mathematics an engrossing study, or one that they want to devote themselves to either in school or in their lives. Only a few will find mathematics seductive enough to sustain a long term engagement. But I would hope that all children could experience at a few moments in their careers ... the power and excitement of mathematics ... so that at the end of their formal education they at least know what it is like and whether it is an activity that has a place in their future.”

David Wheeler