# Promoting Mathematical Thinking Reaching for Mastery Achievement for

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Promoting Mathematical Thinking Reaching for Mastery: Achievement for All John Mason Meeting the Challenge of Change in Mathematics Education Kent & Medway Maths Hub Maidstone, Kent The Open University Maths Dept July 2016 1 University of Oxford Dept of Education

Throat Clearing v Everything said here is a conjecture … … to be tested in your experience v v v My approach is fundamentally phenomenological … I am interested in lived experience. Radical version: my task is to evoke awareness (noticing) So, what you get from this session will be mostly … … what you notice happening inside you! Who takes initiative? Who makes choices? What is being attended to? 2 Avoid the teaching of speculators, whose judgements are not confirmed by experience. (Leonardo Da Vinci)

Mastery Shanghai Style v v Everyone achieves (some) understanding Making use of Carefully Structured Variation – It isn’t the variation itself but how it is handled v v Variation-Pedagogy Attention – What teacher is attending to, and how – What students are attending to, and how 3

Multiplying Fractions Tasks 1 & 2 4 maths. Box

Foundations of Fractions 5

Multiplying Fractions: Structured Exercises What is coming next? Anticipation not ‘catching up’ … … What else could be varied? ? 6 How often will these have… a ‘cancellation’?

Multiplying Fractions Tasks 3 & 4 7 maths. Box

Mixed Fraction Multiplication Pedagogic Choice! 8 Choice of method & Image to fall back on

Attention Are you and your learners attending to the same thing when you (they) are talking? v Are you and your learners attending in the same way when you (they) are talking? If not, communication Ways of Attending is likely to be v Holding Wholes impoverished v Discerning Details v Recognising Relationships in the particular v Perceiving Properties as being instantiated v Reasoning on the basis of agreed properties v 9

Multiplying Fractions: Revision v Make up an easy fraction multiplication – What makes it easy? v Make up a hard fraction multiplication – What makes it hard? v Make up a difficult fraction multiplication – What makes it difficult? v v 10 Make up three of your own fraction multiplication tasks in which none of your fractions reduce, but the product does reduce, in different ways. Make up a fraction multiplication for which the answer is

Queuing B A C D 11

Magic Square Reasoning 2 2 6 7 2 1 5 9 8 3 What other configurations like this give one sum equal to another? Try to describe them in words 4 Any colour-symmetric arrangement? Sum( 12 ) – Sum ( ) =0

More Magic Square Reasoning Sum( 13 )– Sum( ) =0

Problem Posing: Contexts for 3 – 1 = 2 v v v 14 (1) I was given three apples, and then ate one of them. How many were left? (2) A barge-pole three metres long stands upright on the bottom of the canal, with one metre protruding above the surface. How deep is the water in the canal? (3) Tanya said: “I have three more brothers than sisters”. How many more boys than girls are there in Tanya’s family? (4) How many cuts do you have to make to saw a log into three pieces? (5) A train was due to arrive one hour ago. We are told that it is three hours late. When can we expect it to arrive? (6) A brick and a spade weigh the same as three bricks. What is the weight of the spade?

More Problem Posing: v v … (20) It takes 1 minute for a train 1 km long to completely pass a telegraph pole by the track side. At the same speed the train passes right through a tunnel in 3 minutes. What is the length of the tunnel? Opportunity to work on 3 x 2 = 6. Opportunity to work on other numbers. 15 From I. Arnold, quoted in Borovik in press

Marbles 1 v If Alison gives one of her marbles to John, they will have the same number of marbles. – What can you say about the relation between the number of marbles they each started with? – Generalise! Let A be the number of marbles Alison started with A– 1=J+1 A=J+2 16 Let J be the number of marbles John started with

Marbles 2 v If Alison gives one of her marbles to John, they will both have the same number of marbles; if John now gives two of his marbles to Quentin, they will have the same number as each other. – What can you say about the relation between Alison’s and Quentin’s marbles to start with? – At the beginning, how many marbles might Alison have given to Quentin so that they had the same number? Let A, J, Q be the number of marbles Alison, John & Quentin started with A– 1=J+1 (J+1) – 2 = Q + 2 A– 2=J (J+1) – 4 = Q (A– 2 + 1) – 4 = Q 17

Marbles 3 v v v If Alison gives John one of her marbles, she will then have one more than twice as many marbles as John then has. If John started with 12 marbles, how many did Alison start with? Pudian: substitution Temptation to rush on here Succinct relationship Opportunity to develop som more than 12 at the If John has one e more than 28 would start, how many Alison have? 18

Marbles 3 again If Alison gives John one of her marbles, she will then have one more than twice as many marbles as John then has. Alison John – 1 +1 One more One fewer Important thing is to imagine the action, and to make record or to express that in some way 19 Alison John = 1+ 1 + +1 +1

Marbles 4 v v v If Alison gives John one of her marbles, she will then have one more than twice as many marbles as John then has. However, if instead, John gives Alison one of his marbles, he will have one more than a third as many marbles as Alison then has. How many marbles have they each currently? What could be varied? 20

Varying Context If Alison gives John one of her marbles, she will then have one more than twice as many marbles as John then has. However, if instead, John gives Alison one of his marbles, he will have one more than a third as many marbles as Alison then has. If one person gets off the bus at the next stop, then before people get on, there will be one more than twice as many people on the bus as there are people at the bus stop. When the first person waiting at the next stop gets on, then there will be one more than a third of the people on the bus still waiting to get on. Conjecture: relevance has more to do with confidence in your competence than it does with immediate use outside of school 21

Varying Context 22 If Alison gives John one of her marbles, she will then have one more than twice as many marbles as John then has. Alison and John are standing on a numberline. If Alison moves 1 step towards John, and John moves 1 step towards Alison, then Alison will be one step further away from the origin than twice as far as John is. However, if instead, John gives Alison one of his marbles, he will have one more than a third as many marbles as Alison then has. If instead, John moves 1 step away from Alison and Alison moves 1 step away from John, John will be 1 step further from the origin than one-third of Alison’s distance from the origin Marbles and numberline movements may not be exactly the same!

Reflection v v v Withdrawing from action Becoming aware of an action, or a relationship NOT ‘telling them so they remember’ BUT rather immersing them in a culture of mathematical practices Evoking their natural powers Being aware of necessary movements of attention – In yourself – For students v Learners experiencing the origins of ‘problems’ by constructing them for themselves – Easy; Peculiar; Hard; General 23

Mathematical Thinking v v v How might you describe the mathematical thinking you have done so far today? How could you incorporate that into students’ learning? What have you been attending to: – – – 24 Results? Actions? Effectiveness of actions? Where effective actions came from or how they arose? What you could make use of in the future?

Reflection as Self-Explanation and Personal Narrative v v 25 What struck you during this session? What for you were the main points (cognition)? What were the dominant emotions evoked? (affect)? What actions might you want to pursue further? (Awareness)

Mastery as Achievement for All v Principle: Variation – Something is available to be learned only when it is varied in relation to something else – So learners discern what must be discerned – Recognise relationships that are critical – Perceive properties as being instantiated (through generalisation) v v Variation itself is no guarantee Variation Pedagogy informed by being aware of attention – – – 26 Holding wholes A little time taken Discerning Details strategically Recognising Relationships will save a great deal Perceiving Properties of time later Reasoning on the basis of known properties

To Follow Up v v v v v 27 PMTheta. com john. [email protected] ac. uk Variation: Anne Watson in latest MT Designing & Using Mathematical Tasks (Tarquin) Mathematics as a Constructive Enterprise (Erlbaum) Thinking Mathematically (Pearson) Key Ideas in Mathematics (OUP) Researching Your Own Practice Using The Discipline of Noticing (Routledge. Falmer) Questions and Prompts: (ATM) Annual Institute for Mathematical Pedagogy (first week of August: see PMTheta. com)

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