Teaching Strategic Skills series
These materials were originally developed with the Joint Matriculation Board as modules for an O-Level/GCSE mathematics examination. This was initially successful, but the program had to be dropped as a result of changes to the examination system. However, the two books that were produced recieved widespread acclaim and have influenced mathematics teaching around the world, with The Language of Functions and Graphs winning the 2008 ISDDE Prize for Excellence in Educational Design.
The aim of this series of Modules was gradually to introduce into the examination questions that would encourage a balanced range of classroom activities. It was particularly concerned with those activities highlighted by the Cockcroft Report: problem solving, practical mathematics, discussion and open investigation.
Although the specific references to O-Level examinations are clearly outdated, these are rare. The teaching approaches and activities described remain valid and applicable to any Mathematics curriculum.