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  • ISBN:9780521700436
  • Format:Paperback
  • Subject(s):Mathematics
  • Author(s):Graeme Brown, Jennifer Piggott
  • Available from: November 2008

The Maths Trails teacher books and CD-ROMs introduce, develop and enhance mathematical problem-solving skills.

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    'Excel at Problem Solving' is part of a series of mathematics enrichment titles developed by the NRICH team at Cambridge University. This Teacher's Guide details 23 problem-solving activities arranged in a trail progressing in difficulty. Each activity focuses on a specific skill or strategy that develops a particular aspect of problem solving. The full supporting notes and CD-ROM for teachers include useful questions, prompts and hints for students and possible outcomes for each activity.

  • Contents
    • Maths Trails has a structured approach to problem solving for top primary and lower secondary pupils. You can choose from over 15 problem-solving activities on each trail helping pupils develop strategies and skills for problem solving. Each trail gives a progressive route to develop pupils’ mathematical thinking skills and encourage collaborative work and discussion.

    • The teacher’s book includes links to the curriculum, planning suggestions, appropriate questions and prompts for lessons together with possible lesson outcomes and assessment for learning guidance.

    • Maths Trails has been developed by members of the NRICH team at Cambridge University to complement resources on the NRICH website. To enable pupils to explore mathematical ideas and engage in mathematical discussions the CD-ROM links to the NRICH website for further similar problems and for pupils to post their solutions.

    • Introduction
    • Problem solving and mathematical thinking
    • Ideas for managing sessions
    • Developing construction skills
    • Modelling and optimisation. CD-ROM containing an extensive collection of ready-made spreadsheets to support each activity and extend mathematical thinking.

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