If we want our pupils to develop fluency, understanding and the ability to solve complex problems, then it is vital that teachers develop the ability to select, adapt and design appropriate mathematical tasks. In ‘Mathematical Tasks: The Bridge Between Teaching and Learning’, Chris McGrane and Mark McCourt explore a range of practical approaches, strategies and principles behind the design and effective use of tasks in the mathematics classroom that lead to all pupils becoming successful learners.
First-hand interviews with world-class mathematics education experts and practicing teachers bring to life the ideas behind how tasks can act as a bridge between what the teacher wants the pupil to make sense of and what the pupil actually does makes sense of; tasks are how we enable pupils to enact mathematics – it is only by being mathematical that pupils can truly make connections across mathematical ideas and understand the bigger picture.
Suitable for teachers at all stages in their careers and teachers are encouraged to return to the book from time to time over the years to notice how their use of tasks in the classroom changes as they themselves develop.
About the Authors
Chris McGrane has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across three very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland. The work was been hailed as sector leading, while attainment improved over this time.
Mark McCourt is the UK’s leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas. A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many largescale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas.