The challenges of teaching with challenging tasks: developing prompts

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Abstract

Teaching with challenging tasks in the early and middle years of primary school can support the development of student reasoning and unleash critical and creative mathematical thinking; however, teaching with challenging tasks can be challenging. Some issues that might arise for teachers when considering teaching with such tasks are: How do you develop (and use) appropriate enabling and extending prompts to support and extend all learners? How should you structure lessons involving challenging tasks? How do you introduce challenging tasks without creating classroom management issues? Although all of these questions are important and warrant examination, the focus of the current paper is on unpacking enabling and extending prompts. The author draws on his firsthand experience of teaching challenging tasks to students in Foundation to Year 4 to explore this issue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeachers Creating Impact
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings: 55th Annual Conference La Trobe University, Bundoora
EditorsGail FitzSimons
Place of PublicationMelbourne Vic Australia
PublisherThe Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV)
Pages91-96
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781876949624
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventMathematical Association of Victoria Annual Conference 2018: Teachers Creating Impact - La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20187 Dec 2018
Conference number: 55th
https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/conference-home-2018.html

Conference

ConferenceMathematical Association of Victoria Annual Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleMAV18
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period6/12/187/12/18
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Keywords

  • Mathematics education
  • Challenging tasks
  • Differentiation
  • Primary education
  • Primary mathematics

Cite this

Russo, J. (2018). The challenges of teaching with challenging tasks: developing prompts. In G. FitzSimons (Ed.), Teachers Creating Impact: Conference Proceedings: 55th Annual Conference La Trobe University, Bundoora (pp. 91-96). The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV). https://www.mav.vic.edu.au/files/2018/MAV18/MAV18-proceedings.pdf