The teaching of maths should be age appropriate, systematic, and engaging: everything that the current teaching of maths in England is not. . . . There is vast international expertise about how to teach mathematics to young children to achieve the best results. The most effective way to improve the teaching of maths in England is to look at this expertise seriously. . . . → Read More: The Rocky Road of Maths
Children often miscalculate when bored or under pressure. I would not call such mistakes serious. Serious mistakes take place when children do not understand the meaning of mathematical operations and get confused when a standard problem is slightly modified. Such mistakes are signs of misconceptions. They require diagnostics and corrections as soon as possible. . . . → Read More: Does your intelligent and creative child struggle with maths?
After his 11 plus exam my son told me ‘Mum, thank you for the Russian Maths’. As we learned later he scored within the top 5% at the Altringham Grammar School for Boys. . . . . → Read More: 11 Plus and beyond: Russian maths anyone?
‘Russian’ and the ‘Singapore’ methods of teaching primary school children maths based on abstract reasoning and an ability to solve problems rather then memorising a lot of tricks. . . . → Read More: Time for “serious” maths
Would you like your children to enjoy maths and be able to use it in the future whether they choose to be academics or business people? I believe that the foundations are laid in primary school. Later may be too late. . . . → Read More: Any child is a mathematician