Picture Books in Maths Education with Edward Fitzgerald
The Doorbell Rang is a wonderful book that could be used to introduce the idea of dividing and sharing to a 1st or 2nd class. Teachers can use the video and activity resources to enhance children’s understanding of sharing and dividing.
Within the video, teachers can use the book cover as a stimulus to ask children maths questions and queries.
- Who here likes cookies?
- What do you think the book will be about?
- Have you ever had to share out sweets with your brothers or sisters?
- How did you share the sweets/cookies to make sure each person got an equal amount?
Teachers can follow the video and read to the children, stopping along the way to have discussions and to encourage children to express their opinions and share their ideas with the rest of the class.
Edward Fitzgerald Biography
Edward Fitzgerald is a primary school teacher with ten years’ experience. He is currently teaching 5th class in Scoil Mhuire, Clarinbridge, County Galway. In 2017 he completed his Masters of Education in DCU, specialising in Mathematics Education. The research area for his thesis was focused on using picture books to enhance parental involvement in mathematics. Since then he has worked as a Mathematics Tutor and Research Superviser with Hibernia College and a School Placement Tutor with DCU. Edward is also employed by DCU to create lesson plans and resources for the Maths4All website.
Edward has co-authored an academic paper based on his research which he presented at the Mathematics Education in Ireland Conference in DCU in October 2019. He has also contributed resources to the MathsThroughStories website and has written an article for the InTouch magazine based on his experience of using picture books in the classroom. Edward has also hosted his own webinar based on using picture boos in mathematics lesson which was facilitated by the Clare Education Centre.