id: 06494829
dt: j
an: 2015f.00404
au: Robertson, James
ti: Off on a tangent\dots.
so: Math. Teach. (Derby) 239, 14-15 (2014).
py: 2014
pu: Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), Derby
la: EN
cc: D43
ut: teaching methods; discovery learning; spontaneity; problem posing;
open-ended problems; experience reports; lower secondary
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li:
ab: Summary: The author takes an opportunist approach to mathematical
development. The unexpected can be challenging, disturbing,
exhilarating, unsettling, even a disaster. Add the unexpected to the
dynamic of a mathematics classroom and the teacher enters the realms of
‘risk taking’. Teachers often prompt learners to be ‘risk
takers’ because the approach can enhance their learning and their
understanding. This anecdotal account showcases the creative aspects of
mathematics when outcomes are not predetermined.
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