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# What do connectionist teachers do?

The connectionist approach is well described in *Effective Teachers of Numeracy in Primary Schools: Teachers' Beliefs, Practices and Pupils' Learning.*

In essence, connectionist teachers:

- have a conscious awareness of connections and relationships, and use mental mathematics to develop agility with this
- believe that students of all levels of attainment need to be challenged in mathematics, and have high levels of expectation for all students
- maintain a high degree of teacher–class, teacher–group, teacher–individual and student–student focussed discussion
- believe students learn computational skills through modelling, problem-solving and investigations
- plan their teaching around connections between ideas.

There are different levels of connectedness, which are explained in the article *Connected Understanding* on the AAMT website.