# Interactive Maths Teaching in the Primary School

- Nick Pratt - University of Plymouth, UK

*Mike Eatwell, Primary Maths Advisor, Bristol LEA*Using a whole-class, interactive approach to teaching mathematics is a key feature of the National Numeracy Strategy (NNS), and this book looks at not only what works but also why things work.

Teachers will be able to understand why and how the various teaching strategies they are using in their classrooms have a positive effect on children's learning.

The book covers:

" how to engage in meaningful reflective practice that will improve your lessons

" how to use whiteboards

" making mathematical meaning through talk

" getting the whole class interacting

" thinking, talking and acting mathematically

" teaching number - starting points

" teaching shape and space - starting points

" developing your interactive teaching

" a glossary of terms

It is aimed at both practising and trainee teachers, and offers clear subject guidance as well as an explanation of a key part of the NNS. It supports both individuals and mathematics subject leaders delivering INSET to their colleagues.

'Nick Pratt’s book looks in detail at the real meaning of teaching mathematics interactively in primary schools. Each section is set clearly within a context, is linked by ‘key ideas’ – the important bits to think about – and is summarised to give a succinct close to the chapter’s content and thinking. It is a book that the reader will definitely find useful and thought provoking. It certainly made me consider how small changes and a wider variety of approaches in the classroom can make big changes in children’s learning and understanding of mathematical concepts' - *Mike Eatwell, Primary Maths Advisor, Bristol LEA*

This has some useful ideas for interactive teaching for mathematics. I particularly liked the fact it was a blend of specific examples with more general tips. A useful book to support dialogic and collaborative mathematics in primary school.

**Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University**

A nice text that gives student teachers a flavour of active approaches to teaching Maths and Numeracy

**CPS, Strathclyde University**

This is a good book that highlights some key areas in an informative, easily read and understood way - ticks lots of boxes.

**Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University**

A useful book for generating interactive teaching practices

**School of Education & Training, Greenwich University**

A very useful book in supporting students in understanding the essence of effective mathematics teaching.

**School of Primary Education, Birmingham City University**