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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (10 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847061028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847061027
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Colin Foster is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK. Previously, he taught mathematics for 12 years in secondary schools in the UK. He is a member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association and the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics. He is a Chartered Mathematics Teacher, a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education and a former co-editor of the journal Mathematics Teaching.

See www.foster77.co.uk for more details.

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"This is an excellent book, which no mathematics department should be without. Its 50 self-contained lessons offer amusing, fascinating and mathematically worthwhile tasks which are supported by excellent teacher notes. Most books are not worth recommending, but this is different." -- Dr Paul Andrews, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education, University of Cambridge

"This collection is a 'must have' for every teacher who wants to inspire students to be excited by mathematics, yet not stray too far from core topics. Every lesson contains key insights into mathematics, using ideas, links and contexts which are mysterious, fun, silly, bizarre, practical and historical." -- Dr Anne Watson, Reader in Mathematics Education, University of Oxford

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"This is an excellent book, which no mathematics department should be without. Its 50 self-contained lessons offer amusing, fascinating and mathematically worthwhile tasks which are supported by excellent teacher notes. Most books are not worth recommending, but this is different."

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This book is an incredibly good source of ideas for open-ended investigations to be undertaken by gifted and talented students of maths, especially at key stage 3 level. Some examples chosen at random:

Using prime factorisation to create a personal code for encrypting messages.
Deriving a formula for the maximum number of lines needed to connect a given number of dots to each other.
Identifying the mix of coins in a bag, given only the total weight of the contents.
Listing the possible shapes which can be made from making a single cut of a folded paper.

As a previous reviewer noted, these are not full lesson plans, but they are perfect for extra-curricular maths clubs. Several of the ideas can also be adapted into shorter starters and plenaries. To assist in this, the author's website provides a large number of ready-made resources which can be printed out. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kmmanley on 22 Mar. 2012
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Bought this as a student teacher for ideas - not impressed, seriously lacking the 'rich and engaging'! Just basic ideas - not complete lessons, would not recommend :(
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Jan. 2013
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This book present a rich dynamics of connecting various aspect of mathematics to engage, challenge and motivate students to confront misconceptions. It has open a door leading to an enrichment in classroom practice.
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1 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr L on 31 Oct. 2010
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the book came to me very quickly very happy with the book50 Mathematics Lessons: Rich and Engaging Ideas for Secondary Mathematics
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