Myth busting is something I love to do with my students, that moment where they realise that they are not constrained by a myth is great…a true ah-ha moment. But my time is limited and I can’t have everyone as my students, so here is the start of my myth busting series. Why am IContinue reading “Maths is in the Genes…”

# Category Archives: Maths Anxiety

## What is Maths Journaling?

I have mentioned many times in blogs that maths anxiety can be reduced by journaling, but I have never really got into the nitty gritty of what a maths journal is. For me the whole process starts by choosing a book. I love my slate grey journal, with dotty paper. The pages are off white,Continue reading “What is Maths Journaling?”

## Groups vs 1:1 Sessions

Making the decision of how best to help and support your child is always a tricky one, they often surprise us with their reactions and responses to things we thought weren’t for them. This week’s post is to give you pros and cons to online group tuition and online 1:1 tuition to help you makeContinue reading “Groups vs 1:1 Sessions”

## The Maths Nemesis: Reasoning

Travis Kalanick tells us ‘Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it.’ This is true of maths, reasoning is increasingly part of maths exams, yet students find it increasingly more difficult to overcome. Why? As I discussed last week, maths language is a barrier for many. They knowContinue reading “The Maths Nemesis: Reasoning”

## Let’s Talk About Maths: The importance of maths language

Maths has a language all of its own, sometimes it feels more overwhelming than the process of the maths itself. Let’s explore maths language, how we use it, why we use it and most importantly how you can boost your child’s knowledge of it. Galileo once said that ‘Maths is the language the universe wasContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Maths: The importance of maths language”

## Resources: Genius vs Cheating

Have you ever spent time searching for the perfect resource to help your child with their learning, only for them to say ‘I can’t use that, it’s cheating?’ I have, more times than I care to remember, often after creating the perfect resource just for them! It is frustrating, why do they think like that?Continue reading “Resources: Genius vs Cheating”

## Love or Loathe: Timers

This week I posed a question to our Facebook community, asking if timers were a good mathematical tool. At the time of writing 71% of votes see timers as negative tools. Timers and what they stand for is something I am incredibly passionate about. Timers are used to promote the notion that to be fastContinue reading “Love or Loathe: Timers”

## Explore Maths: Explore Resources

What is a resource? We talk about resources all the time, how useful they are and how they impact upon learning, but we don’t actually talk about what they are! Are they books? Are they worksheets? Are they games? Are they blocks? Truth is, resources are whatever you and most importantly your child needs themContinue reading “Explore Maths: Explore Resources”

## One Size Fits All?

Have you ever stood in front of the revision guides in WHSmith’s or scrolled through the Amazon pages and been at a loss as to what to pick? I remember when I was doing my GCSE’s and I struggled with aspects of maths, I just couldn’t make it stick. I asked my parents if IContinue reading “One Size Fits All?”

## Robots, Mindset and More

What a week it has been, reduced teaching for the holidays has meant increased creativity for resources and projects. Last week I hinted at a fractions project that I am undertaking, this week I have advanced from planning stages to writing stages. I have spoken to many of my students to get their input andContinue reading “Robots, Mindset and More”