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5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable book for all PGCE maths students!, 18 May 2008
This review is from: Teaching Mathematics: Developing as a Reflective Secondary Teacher (Paperback)
I am currently doing my PGCE in secondary mathematics, and have found this book to be really useful both in covering the University taught content, and in helping with compiling the QTS standards log, the critical incident reflections and the research essay. Away from the academic content of the course, I have also found the book to be really useful when it comes to actually teaching mathematics in the class room, which when it comes down to it is what the PGCE course is all about!

The chapters take in a range of subjects - the chapters on current government initiatives with regards to the National Curriculum and Every Child Matters policy provide a useful overview as to the role and responsibility of teachers, whilst the chapter on assessment brings together the role of Ofsted, the growing importance of SATs and how assessment for learning can be successfully implemented.

Other chapters are much more orientated towards actually teaching in the classroom. There is a chapter on lesson planning, and on the incorporation of starters and plenary activities within the lesson. Examples are provided, and interviews included with maths teachers and pupils giving their feedback about what methods are successful and why.
There is also a large chapter that discusses how to best teach different mathematical topics, algebra, geometry, statistics, mental methods etc.

Lastly there is also an accompanying website which contains links to all the websites referenced in the text, and contains about 10 video clips taken from actual lessons as examples of good teaching practice. There is even a short video of a Japanese maths lesson, so you can compare and contrast different teaching styles overseas.

As is probably clear from my (rather lengthy) review, I really liked this book - and though I have used a variety of texts to help me through my PGCE year, (like Sue Cowley's Getting the Buggers to Behave) I would definitely recommend this to all potential maths PGCE students.
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