There’s no been shortage of Bad Stuff posts lately, even by the wallowing standards of this blog. So, today, let’s have an uplifting chat:* what are the good mathematics teaching resources?
This is the third and final post inspired by mysterious commenter texas. First, for who people should read on maths ed, see the discussion here. Then, for the discussion about good (and bad) mathematics curricula, go here. Now it’s on to mathematics teaching resources, by which we mean anything that can contribute to the content of teaching: notably good textbooks, problem sets and so forth.
Of course in an ideal world a teacher would already have their well-chosen, well-written textbook set for the class, and other resources would be the cherries on top. We are obviously far from an ideal world, however. So, solid banks of sense may be very helpful to teacher folk out there. Feel free to list any books that come to mind, even if specialised or expensive or difficult to obtain. Websites are also relevant for this discussion, but techno games are not and videos of smiling clowns are not.** The emphasis should be on quality content and the presentation of that content, preferably with a clear indication of the content’s purpose or uses.
(*) Readers should enjoy it while they can. Tomorrow it’s back to the swamp, with Eddie Woo.
(**) See (*).
We’ll add appropriate suggestions and links here, as they appear in the comments. (We thought it was clear enough, but this is a post for written mathematics, resources for teachers, so they can teach. Not cute videos, and not general “what is maths about” stuff). Her are the first couple, together with a couple suggestions of our own.
The famous, hard series by the famous AoPS guys, including the primary Beast Academy series.
A series of more enrichy books from the Canadian Mathematical Society.
A series of online modules, with accompanying PDF versions, going through the Australian Curriculum topic/concept by topic/concept.
A UK website, with connected modules on A-level (advanced senior) mathematics.
An excellent archive of AMC and other competition problems, courtesy of the AoPS guys.
A guide to and resources for the Victorian curriculum, by commenter Alex.
A Canadian series of primary and junior secondary textbooks
Books, and a program, presumably for Californians who want to escape the clutches of Jo Boaler.
No idea who Catriona Agg is, but it’s a nice collection.