While mathematicians describe mathematics as playful, beautiful, creative and captivating, many students describe maths class as boring, stressful, useless and humiliating. In Becoming the Maths Teacher You Wish You'd Had, Tracy Zager helps teachers close this gap by making maths class more like mathematics.
Tracy spent years with highly skilled maths teachers in a diverse range of settings and year levels. You'll find this book jam-packed with new thinking from these vibrant classrooms. You'll grapple with big ideas: How is taking risks inherent to mathematics? How do mathematicians balance intuition and proof? How can teachers value both productive mistakes and precision? You'll find dozens of practical teaching techniques you can try in your classroom right away - strategies to stimulate students to connect ideas; rich tasks that encourage students to wonder, generalise, conjecture and persevere; and routines to teach students how to collaborate.
All teachers can move towards increasingly authentic, delightful, robust mathematics teaching and learning for themselves and their students. This important book helps us develop instructional techniques that will make the maths classes we teach so much better than the maths classes we took.