Welcome to the first of a number of posts that explores research in the learning of numeracy and mathematics.
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The Secret Life of Numbers
Marcus Du Sautoy
Available online at: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2009/jun/23/maths-marcus-du-sautoy
The author argues that teachers of mathematics are ‘required to teach a utilitarian and unadventurous curriculum that leaves them no room to explore the creative side of the subject’. He suggests alternative approaches to teaching mathematics that he believes will help learners see mathematics as exciting and imaginative.
Hint : The link below will take you to the discussion on Glow
- Du Sautoy argues that mathematics is essentially a creative subject. Do you agree? What makes you say that?
- Du Sautoy also believes that mathematics has ‘a lot in common with the creative arts’. How might you make meaningful links between mathematics and the expressive arts in your classroom?
- Try the ‘5 puzzles for pupils’ at the end of the paper. Discuss your strategy on the community. What does this tell you about your own mathematical thinking?
Du Sautoy, M. (2009). The secret life of numbers