Dr Paul Swan

Dr Paul Swan has written a wide range of resources for primary and middle school mathematics education. OTRNet have now linked with Paul to provide access to his materials, to his Professional Development packages, and to information on teaching mathematics. As Paul's section of our web site builds you will be able to access his materials, his knowledge, and Paul, directly through OTRNet.

 

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Concrete Maths Materials

Does the use of concrete material help children learn mathematics? The short answer is a qualified yes, but like everything it depends on how they are used. In themselves mathematics manipulative materials do not teach, but in concert with good teaching.

 

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Mathematical Language

Many of the problems students experience in mathematics are due to language. Consider for example the code switching that must go on in a mathematics lesson. The teacher introduces a lesson on volume and the student thinks that a control on the TV?"

 

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