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Thinking Deeply about Primary Mathematics

Thinking Deeply about Primary Mathematics

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Thinking Deeply about Primary Mathematics is a comprehensive exploration of the ideas, theories and practices of most value to beginning teachers, as well as any teacher with the desire to improve their practice.

Through the use of expertly crafted explanations, examples and tasks, each chapter of this book will guide you step by step through the otherwise intimidating world of primary mathematics teaching.

This book is perfect for teachers driven to become highly effective practitioners. It also serves as a blueprint for school leaders looking to develop the abilities of their teachers and ensure the highest quality mathematics education for all children.

Teacher proficiency is a vast uneven continuum but in taking time to think deeply about primary mathematics we allow ourselves the opportunity to build a solid base from which a successful, fulfilling career can be constructed.

The insight and expertise provided by Thinking Deeply About Primary Mathematics is essential for anyone involved in the teaching of mathematics.

About the Author

Kieran Mackle is a MaST (Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher), action researcher and a Specialist Leader of Education, who has worked with numerous schools and the Medway local authority to provide training and school-to-school support. Upon the completion of his B.Ed. at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Kieran moved to Medway where his career progression saw him take on the roles of class teacher, assistant head teacher and deputy head teacher in schools in areas of high socio-economic deprivation. At the beginning of 2017 he moved to the Kent local authority to join a school, initially as Associate leader, before successful appointment as specialist maths collaboration lead across three Gravesham primary schools.

His action research has generally focused on the application of mathematical skills and the development of reasoning, an example of which was published by the ATM in March 2014. In January 2014, he was fortunate enough to join 50 SLEs on the second phase of the DfE’s China Research project which provided the opportunity to visit Shanghai with a view to identifying transferrable strategies that could be employed to provide the highest quality maths education for all pupils.

Kieran's latest publication, "Tackling Misconceptions in Primary Mathematics", was written with the intention of providing student/beginning teachers with the guidance and subject knowledge necessary to facilitate deep, meaningful and relevant mathematical understanding in their pupils, while potentially supporting subject/school leaders, eager to instill the same qualities across their respective teams.

He can be found on Twitter, where he is an active member of the online education community. He also hosts the "Thinking Deeply About Primary Education" podcast, and a discord community here.