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The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2012
This book is inspiring, interesting and very very readable. It is on the reading list for my maths PGCE along with lots of books with very dull titles which I fear will be full of academic drivel. This book is like a ray of sunshine, full of great ideas and written for normal people who don't want to have to work hard at deciphering the sentences. Very enjoyable, just like the lessons should be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2012
Brilliant! I found myself saying "YES!" on just about every page. I wish I had seen this book 50 years ago!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2012
Recommended by a Uni lecturer. Very easy reading and an enjoyable read for teachers and parents alike. Some of the problems set out can be a bit difficult if you are not a maths boffin - luckily the answers are supplied. Totally changed my view of maths and it is and should be taught. True test is applying these ideas to the classroom.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2011
Educational books can be hard going- not this one! It's informative and digestable. Being a primary school teacher I can assimualte with much of what Jo Boaler talks about. I do feel its inspirational and I hope to use some of the ideas she portrays. Her research into class organisation and her findings relating to ability setting were refreshing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2011
How I wish I had had this book 40 years ago when I began teaching. This is the finest book on Maths teaching I have ever read and a MUST for every teacher in Primary schools and early High School years. The author is an expert, not just a University Professor but a person with hands on classroom experience and a meticulous researcher. No review can be adequate but the examples, the summer course, and especially the multiple ways of tackling maths are hugely inspirational. The "one right method" which causes so many problems is challenged with the most powerful of arguments and examples of children succeeding where they were failing because they were cornered by single approaches. This is a book for teachers and parents and worth far more than its cost. I am recommending the book to participants in in-service courses, and to all schools I visit. Cannot recommend this book too strongly!

Dr Ken Alston
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2013
This is a must read for maths teachers, it challenges the way your think about the teaching and learning of maths.
The one down side is it appears to be written for parents and seems to have a theme of discrediting maths teachers.
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on 5 January 2014
I am a true mathematician by heart and love mathematics. My passion is to impart mathematical knowledge to everyone, anytime. I am new to the UK education system and studying for PGCE, and this book has opened my eyes. I do wonder why our education minister did not listen to Jo Boaler so far??? Why we still have settings in majority of the maths classes? A good read and I strongly recommend this to every maths teacher, specially head of maths. Looking forward to be able to apply her suggestions and activities.

Also started trying with my five year old daughter who is already quite intelligent. She loves working with me, whatever time I have over weekend due to this much challenging and time-consuming course.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2011
I am a student maths teacher, but with an engineering background, and am trying my best to bring practical maths into the classroom. I found this book excellent in explaining why as a nation we are failing in maths, why students hate the subject and what we can try to do to resolve this. This book is a must read for all maths teachers. It gives some examples of problems that can be brought into the classroom, but is mainly an account of different studies that have been performed using different teaching methods, the results of which are very convincing.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2010
This book has a good attitude to teaching maths and will probably change your opinion on setting and traditional maths teaching. However, if you want to follow the advice there aren't really any practical tips, though there are some examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2013
Purchased this along with the Teaching Mathematics in Secondary School......a must read for all PGCE / prospective PGCE students AND parents! Great book, informative, accessible and eye opening!
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