A blog about play-based learning and an approach to teaching mathematics that I call the Number Agents. This approach uses Mantle of the Expert to create an imagined company. It is the most successful way I have found to teach maths!
The concept of number agency was born out of the Mantle of the Expert approach. If you have not taught this way, I encourage you to learn more about it and have a go!
I recommend these books as a good starting point:
Mantle of the Expert is a form of inquiry which uses drama to step children up as experts by forming a company to fulfil a specific brief for a fictional client.
In a Mantle children are talking as responsible people with roles to play and a job to do. Children are exposed to different perspectives and points of view within the context. They become problem solvers and innovators. The curriculum is shaped by students forming multiple cross curricular pathways.