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This review is from: The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths (Kindle Edition)
As a practising maths teacher I bought this book out of interest. The title had me 'hooked'.
The traditional teaching techniques which helped me, and many like me, to become a chartered engineer come in for a lot of criticism. As such, I found myself tempted to dismiss all within.
However, I kept reading, and found myself agreeing more and more with content.
The following points made are without doubt truthful:-
1) We do spend an enormous amount of time testing pupils, teachers and schools (with exam results).
2) The pressure put upon schools (and hence teachers) to achieve exam results does make the classroom teacher 'teach the exam paper'.
3) Not enough time is spent upon maths in a practical environment, in which the pupils have to analyse the everyday problems, plan out what needs to be done and produce the necessary maths to solve them.
The book author advocates group work allowing pupils to communicate and compare techniques making the maths room more like a science laboratory. She does unfortunately not give the missing 'how to deal with pupils that do not want to work'.
Despite my critical comments I found this book a thoroughly good read and look forward to trying out ideas and concepts within. As a person who seldom reads this type of work, this is praise indeed!