This article stems from research on the teaching of proof and offers guidance on how to move learners from focussing on experimental arguments to mathematical arguments and deductive reasoning.
Creativity in the mathematics classroom is not just about what pupils do but also what we do as teachers. If we are thinking creatively about the mathematical experiences we offer our pupils we can. . . .
This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .
Mainly for teachers. A discussion and examples of some of the school mathematics of yesteryear.
This article supplies teachers with information that may be useful in better understanding the nature of games and their role in teaching and learning mathematics.
Members of the NRICH team are beginning to write blogs and this very short article is designed to put the reasoning behind this move in context.
Mainly for teachers. More school mathematics of yesteryear.
This article, the second in the series, looks at some different types of games and the sort of mathematical thinking they can develop.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Some questions and prompts to encourage discussion about what experiences you want to give your pupils to help them reach their full potential in mathematics.
This article for teachers describes the exchanges on an email talk list about ideas for an investigation which has the sum of the squares as its solution.
Providing opportunities for children to participate in group narrative in our classrooms is vital. Their contrasting views lead to a high level of revision and improvement, and through this process. . . .
Group work depends on effective team work. This article describes attributes of effective team work and links to "Team Building" problems that can be used to develop learners' team working skills.
Alf and Tracy explain how the Kingsfield School maths department use common tasks to encourage all students to think mathematically about key areas in the curriculum.
Gillian Hatch analyses what goes on when mathematical games are used as a pedagogic device.
Written for teachers, this article describes four basic approaches children use in understanding fractions as equal parts of a whole.
What are rich tasks and why do they matter?
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes the criteria she uses to choose mathematical games for the classroom and shares some examples from NRICH.
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
Teachers who participated in an NRICH workshop produced some posters suggesting how they might use a tessellation interactivity in a range of situations.
A group of teachers involved in embedding NRICH tasks into their everyday practice were keen to challenge common perceptions of mathematics and of teaching and learning mathematics. In this article,. . . .
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes conversations with Luke, aged 7, as they worked on some mathematics together.
A group of teachers involved in embedding NRICH tasks into their everyday practice decided they needed to address the (im)balance between teacher and student activity in their classrooms. In. . . .
Ideas to support mathematics teachers who are committed to nurturing confident, resourceful and enthusiastic learners.
Here are examples of how two schools set about the task of ensuring that problem solving was an integral part of their curriculum.
In this article Jenny talks about Assessing Pupils' Progress and the use of NRICH problems.
In this article for teachers, Liz Woodham describes resources on NRICH that can help primary-aged children get to grips with negative numbers.
As teachers, we appreciate the need to have clear objectives at the start of lessons but have been aware of the limitations this sometimes seems to place on our ability to get the most out of using. . . .
The teachers involved in the Engaging Mathematics Projectwanted to embed rich tasks from the NRICH website into their curriculum for all KS3 and KS4 students. In this article, the teachers share. . . .
This fascinating article delves into the world of talk in the classroom and explains how an understanding of talking can really improve the learning of mathematics.
Jennifer Piggott and Steve Hewson write about an area of teaching and learning mathematics that has been engaging their interest recently. As they explain, the word ‘trick’ can be applied to. . . .
In this article, read about the thinking behind the September 2010 secondary problems and why we hope they will be an excellent selection for a new academic year.
In this article for teachers, Jenni Back offers research-based guidance about the use of manipulatives in the classroom.
This article for teachers describes NRICH's work with Creative Partnerships and three Bristol primary schools.
This article for teachers outlines one school's research project to explore how children, girls in particular, could be motivated in Maths through a more practical approach.
This article, written for primary teachers, links to rich tasks which will help develop the underlying concepts associated with fractions and offers some suggestions for models and images that help. . . .
In this article for teachers, Lynne explains the difference between 'rich tasks' and 'low threshold high ceiling' tasks, using examples from the website.
Is problem solving at the heart of your curriculum? In this article for teachers, Lynne explains why it should be.
Liz Woodham describes a project with four primary/first schools in the East of England, focusing on rich mathematical tasks and funded by the NCETM.
In this article Liz Woodham reflects on just how much we really listen to learners’ own questions to determine the mathematical path of lessons.
In this article for teachers, Bernard describes ways to challenge higher-attaining children at primary level.
In this article for teachers, Alan Parr looks at ways that mathematics teaching and learning can start from the useful and interesting things can we do with the subject, including. . . .
In this article, Alan Parr shares his experiences of the motivating effect sport can have on the learning of mathematics.
In this article, Jennifer Piggott talks about just a few of the problems with problems that make them such a rich source of mathematics and approaches to learning mathematics.
This article for teachers explains why geoboards are such an invaluable resource and introduces several tasks which make use of them.
Find out about the five-term project (January 2014 to July 2015) which NRICH is leading in conjunction with Haringey Council, funded by London Schools Excellence Fund.
This professional development activity is designed to help you assess your embedding of rich tasks into the curriculum through evaluating a theme
This professional development activity encourages you to investigate what is meant by higher-order thinking skills.
This is activity 1.1 in the series of activities designed to support professional development through integrating rich tasks. This activity looks specifically at what makes an activity "rich".