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Use questioning to help build proficiency in maths

Questioning is a powerful teaching tool you can use to build proficiency in mathematics. When students are asked the right kinds of questions at the appropriate times, it can strengthen their understanding and fluency, develop their problem-solving skills and give their reasoning processes a workout.

A great way to facilitate meaningful questioning is to conduct Investigations. Here’s a few ways you can use questioning in your next Investigation – along with where you’ll find some ready-made questions in iMaths resources.

The importance of mathematical literacy

Imagine trying to follow a recipe when you don’t know the meaning of the verbs bake, sauté or whisk, nor the component parts such as eggs, flour or butter.

Students can face this same problem in maths if they are not explicitly taught the cognitive verbs (e.g. describe, identify, interpret) and key terms (e.g. perimeter, denominator, variable) needed to understand, communicate and explore mathematical concepts.

Discover how you can get your students cooking with maths by drawing out the mathematical literacy opportunities in iMaths:

Time to start investigating!

It’s time to create those special maths memories that both you and your students will look back on in years to come – and iMaths is the perfect program to help you do it. It all begins when you start your first Investigation.

Testing times: making the most of assessment

Assessment is a critical part of the learning cycle. As a teacher, it gives you an invaluable insight into students’ levels of understanding and achievement, helping inform where adjustments in teaching might be needed. It also provides you with the opportunity to give your students sought-after feedback.