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Today I have 2 new books that are part of the How to Teach series, and ones that are great for homeschooling parents, and parents looking to help their kids at home, as well as teachers, looking for new ways to reach their students!
Primary Maths: Anyone Can Feed Sweets to Sharks...
Primary maths is stereotypically loved by a few hairy oddballs, tolerated by most sane primary practitioners; loathed by many. With the right approach, however; the right mindset and sense of the impossible being achievable, maths can be moulded into the diamond in the rough of the primary curriculum. Enter Nick Tiley-Nunn: Britain's most imaginative, most exciting primary maths specialist. Over years of practice he has generated ideas about the teaching of maths that are so distinct, so far out and so utterly brilliant that any primary teacher struggling to grasp the nettle of teaching long division will emerge from communing with his ideas not just with some cliched sense that 'maths can be fun', but that it can be brilliant, life-enhancing and truly hilarious. This book presents ideas for primary maths teaching so wildly creative and so full of the joy of life that any classroom of kids will be grateful you read it.
I think most parents cringe when you say upper elementary and secondary math. They go straight to Algebra and Geormetry and shriek in horror. But there is more to it than that. There are the basics, the adding, multiplication, factoring and fractions. And that is the core of this book. Nick has some really great ideas for getting kids to learn, versus just memorizing math facts that they can actually state later, versus giving you a confused look! If you are homeschooling, then this book would be super to have before starting first greade math, so you havve an idea how to start your kids off on the right mathematical footing, so that Algebra and Geometry don't make THEM scream and cringe!
About the Author:
Nick Tiley-Nunn is Deputy Head at a school in Suffolk, having previously been Assistant Head and SENCo at a school in London. He has been described as "A nationally significant talent at Maths teaching.
Secondary Science Respiration is not breathing!
by Catrin Green
Part of Phil Beadle's How to Teach Series. So, you have passion for your subject and you get to work with some of the funniest, most surprising and exceptional students. But teaching science isn't always a walk in the park. How do you get students to think scientifically, remember all of those key words and not get acid in their eyes? Secondary Science is chockfull of workable ideas for the secondary science classroom. Ditch the stereotypical view of a science teacher: white coat, slides, teaching the limewater test to the same class for the fifth year in a row, and discover new and creative ways to inspire the next generation to use science. Areas covered include: the big ideas in science, scientific skills and knowledge, curriculum, practical work, difficult topics, differentiation, assessment, feedback and the science of memory and learning, including the spacing effect and interleaving.
The book is packed with: advice about teacher talk, fun science games, ideas for developing scientific literacy, ideas for embedding mathematical skill in science, advice for extended writing in science, advice to make practical work safe, meaningful and worthwhile, and top tips for teaching the difficult topics that students tend to dislike! Catrin offers tips for teaching areas of the science curriculum including electricity, evolution and balancing equations. Suitable for all teachers, including NQTs and experienced teachers who are looking for new ideas. If you are looking for quick and easy ideas to make science fun and relevant, while ensuring that all students are successful and confident in your lessons, and not overloaded with facts, then this book is for you.
While Miss Grace isn't in secondary school yet (whew), she is a grade ahead in her science studies, so I know I will be teaching secondary science by the end of the next school year, so I was very interested to see what was in this book. I was actually thrilled to see how Caitlin suggedted block learning, verus teaching a section quickly and then covering it yet again the next year, and hoping kids 'got it' the first tme. As a homeschooling Mom, we've tried different methods to see what works best for Miss Grace, and we are actually switching to a block curricula for the next school year, so the methods and ideas in this book, perefectly align! It was like it was heaven sent! The book offers great ideas on teaching science conepts that parents may find daunting as well. If you teach, or homeschool, this is a MUST have book!
About the Author:
Catrin Green has always loved science and loved sharing that passion. She has been a head of science and now, as a deputy head, works in a school where the science department is at the forefront of teaching and learning. She is a Teach First Ambassador, and runs science CPD as part of an academy chain.