Teaching for mastery: mathematical thinking

What is mathematical thinking?

Reasoning image

What is mathematical thinking, and how do you make provision for it in your classroom? One of the key elements of the national curriculum is mathematical reasoning.

The first powerpoint presentation, based on an article from NRICH, considers different aspects of mathematical reasoning, with the aim of helping teachers to identify the level of reasoning at which pupils are working.

The depth through differentiation slide gives suggestions on how a teacher could make provision for reasoning in the classroom.

Mathematical reasoning


Depth through differentiation

Teaching for Mastery: other topics

What is Teaching for Mastery?
Coherence and small steps
Representation and structure
Mathematical thinking

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