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What's the textbook for maths teachers?
September 13, 2010 9:31 AM   Subscribe

Teaching filter: What's the best book or online resource for a trainee maths high school teacher, you are aware of.

Hi, I have just started training to become a teacher.
My course requires me to learn a lot of theory aside from the classroom time which there is plenty on my course. I have the uni reading list, but I wondered if anyone out there, has found a really good book, or helpful website it's worth me looking act.

I will be teaching mathematics to pupils aged 11-19, though any general books are also appreciated.

I've tried to keep this brief, though happy to expand if anyone wishes.
Thanks in advance.
posted by 92_elements to Education (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics has a fantastic website and a journal with a reasonable student e-subscription. There's rotating free articles as well.

For textbooks, I really like the teaching method employed in The Heart of Mathematics. Get a cheap edition since its just for yourself.

Your question is a little unclear - are you looking for general math texts and resources, or ones specifically for teaching?
posted by Wulfhere at 1:45 PM on September 13, 2010


I put together a MetaFilter post on math education a while back. I found these articles (by Hung-Hsi Wu) particularly interesting:

Basic Skills vs. Conceptual Understanding: A Bogus Dichotomy

What's Sophisticated about Elementary Mathematics?

The link to the Kumon math curriculum (providing a simple, clear description of one possible sequence of steps) has degraded; here's the archive.org version.

For a more general discussion of classroom education, I thought The Learning Gap (by Stevenson and Stigler) was quite good. Paul McFarlane has detailed notes and commentary; transcript of a talk by Stigler.
posted by russilwvong at 1:56 PM on September 13, 2010


My husband teaches developmental community college math, so there's quite a bit of overlap there. Here's a list of blogs I sent him recently:

http://mathedresearch.wordpress.com/
http://function-of-time.blogspot.com/
http://numberwarrior.wordpress.com/
http://blog.mrmeyer.com/
http://sweeneymath.blogspot.com/
http://mathbebrave.blogspot.com/
http://larkolicio.us/blog/
http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/
http://byoshiwara.blogspot.com/
http://101studiostreet.com/wordpress/
http://mctownsley.blogspot.com/
http://coxmath.blogspot.com/
http://mathhombre.blogspot.com/
http://ispeakmath.wordpress.com/
http://www.mathforprimates.com/
http://fnoschese.wordpress.com/
http://handsonmath.blogspot.com/
http://samjshah.com/

I took out a couple that I know were college-only, but I'm not guaranteeing that any of the remaining ones aren't. Still, I hope some of those are useful.
posted by wintersweet at 4:48 PM on September 13, 2010


Thanks for the great links so far. Those articles by Wu are particularly relevant. I'll try and work down that MeFi post, when I have some time.


Wulfhere: I guess I was looking for more teaching/learning focussed links. Though if you know of a good maths one (such as betterexplained) then I would also be grateful.

I'll mark the question closed, as I have more than enough to go on for the moment.
If anyone else finds anything feel free to post below.

Cheers.
posted by 92_elements at 7:50 AM on September 19, 2010


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