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im  A Reply to Mr Barton
im  Extending an inquiry into the second lesson and beyond
im  The zone between knowing and not knowing
Part 2: Modelling and orchestrating
im  The zone between knowing and not knowing
Part 1: Slowing down
im  Can students learn fluency through inquiry? 
or How drill obstructs mathematical learning
   
What is Inquiry Maths?
im  Levels of Inquiry Maths
im  The differences between investigations and inquiries
im  Inquiry is NOT discovery learning
im  Inquiry and problem solving
im  Is inquiry compatible with instruction?
   
Inquiry Maths in the classroom
im  Inquiry without students' questions is not inquiry
im  Independence through structure
im  10 things students learn in Inquiry Maths classrooms
im  The need for a slow start to inquiry
im  Seven steps to start an inquiry in maths
im  The teacher's role in inquiry
im  Introducing Inquiry Maths into a department
im  Inquiry and mixed attainment classes
     
Inquiry and mastery
A series of posts on defining 'mastery' and analysing the connection between a mastery approach and inquiry.
im  The final part replies to the NCETM's comments on part 2.
im  Part 2 reviews the NCETM's backing for mastery.
im  Part 1 analyses the initial appearance of mastery in the UK.

“This is a significant, must-read piece of writing which offers key ideas relating learning with problem solving.” Mike Ollerton (author of Learning and Teaching Mathematics Without a Textbook)
    
Inquiry and Shanghai maths
Since an international comparison of maths achievement (PISA) put Shanghai top in 2012, the UK government has promoted Shanghai methods. Through two exchanges, Chinese teachers have modelled the methods in UK classrooms. These two posts compare the Shanghai model to inquiry learning.
im  Inquiry and Shanghai maths 
im  Shanghai maths: teacher led and student centred?
 

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Teachers' posts about using prompts
Rachel Mahoney
(a UK secondary school teacher) writes on her blog about running a structured inquiry using a fractions prompt. Her year 8 class are new to inquiry. Rachel also blogs here about using a prompt with her year 9 class. She concludes that Inquiry Maths classrooms are "
an excellent learning environment" in which "all thoughts and ideas are welcome and one in which it is OK to be wrong."
  
Amanda Klahn
(a PYP teacher at the Western Academy of Beijing) blogs about using Inquiry Maths prompts and the mathematical inquiries her class carries out. Her blog is called
Doing Maths: From Worksheets to Wonderings
  
Emma Morgan
writes on her blog that using Inquiry Maths has turned her students into "active learners 
who are fearless and methodical when attacking a problem." Emma has designed guided posters to help students present their mathematical reasoning. 
  
Sonya terBorg
blogs about using Inquiry Maths prompts with her primary class in Idaho (US). The post describes how the class carried out a preliminary inquiry into concepts and language related to angles. The pupils then conducted an open and collaborative inquiry into the prompts by applying the language acquired earlier.
 
Samia Henaine (a PYP math coordinator) blogged about an inquiry she developed with grade 5 teachers at Houssam Hariri High School (Makassed Saida, Lebanon). Taking her inspiration from the prompts on the Inquiry Maths site, her post describes how the students' thinking went through three phases: 'what I noticed right away', 'what I noticed after I worked with the data' and what 'I noticed after I analysed my work'.
  
Caitriona Martin blogs about using Inquiry Maths on a Year 7 maths day. The post gives advice on selecting prompts for students and teachers new to inquiry.