
06494829
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2015f.00404
Robertson, James
Off on a tangent\dots.
Math. Teach. (Derby) 239, 1415 (2014).
2014
Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM), Derby
EN
D43
teaching methods
discovery learning
spontaneity
problem posing
openended problems
experience reports
lower secondary
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.