Teaching Curriculum For Teaching Maths

2191 Words Oct 18th, 2014 9 Pages
Part A

Effective pedagogy in maths is conveyed in a variety of ways by teachers in the primary classroom. Teachers use and adapt these pedagogies through developing their experience in the classroom, critically reflecting on their lessons and consciously thinking about the different ways in which children best learn maths.

Many theorists have discussed and influenced pedagogy in detail through a behaviourist or constructivist approach which can be implemented through the teaching of maths. Behaviourism is a concept which the theorist Skinner drew on. Pollard (2014) explains that behaviourist theory incorporates the role of the teacher as the focus in lessons and pupils are observers, who listen to information and have little interaction with each other. The notion of rote learning is linked to this and was a popular style of teaching maths before the Curriculum for Excellence was introduced. As Pollard (2014) suggests, it is argued that this style of teaching is easier to portray as the teacher has a high level of control in their lessons. This teaching style could be applied when introducing pupils to their times tables, as it demonstrates a concept which must be listened to, repeated and learned. However this whole-class teaching style is not an effective pedagogy at the forefront of teaching education currently as it does not encourage or demonstrate any group work or children leading their learning, which Education Scotland (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk)…
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