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Improving the quality of ‘Talk Partners’ in the primary mathematics lesson: The ‘prepare, share compare’ approach

Improving the quality of ‘Talk Partners’ in the primary mathematics lesson: The ‘prepare, share compare’ approach

Field, Jenny (2018) Improving the quality of ‘Talk Partners’ in the primary mathematics lesson: The ‘prepare, share compare’ approach. Times Education Suppliment (TES). (Submitted)

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Abstract

Before the introduction of the National Numeracy Strategy in 1997 it was unusual to see ‘Talk Partners’ during a primary mathematics lesson. In fact in my experience, pre-1996 mathematics was more often seen as a subject which children tackled independently and often in silence. Over the past 20 years, ’Talk Partners’ have become much more commonplace, and lessons are now often punctuated by the teacher setting problems and then using phrases such as ‘Turn to the person next to you’ or ‘Find your talk partner’, in order to encourage children to engage in mathematical discussion. This has been great move forward, and one to be celebrated. However, I believe that for many of us the model has not progressed or evolved, and has often been seen as enough in itself. I feel it is now time to reflect on this approach and try to improve the model.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: improving talk; pairs; partners; prepare - share - compare; mathematics
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Primary Education
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 09:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/20305

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