• Teach Times Tables Without Apologies

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    From today onward, I will not apologize for expecting students to memorize the times tables. And nor should you.

  • Math in the News: Babies Can Do More Math Than We May Have Realized

    Infants as young as six months recognize interesting shapes. And babies who show higher spatial reasoning skills do better in math at age four. This is good news for parents and carers who purposefully try to help their children understand the world around them in explicitly mathematical ways...

  • Math in the News: Is Rote Learning the Secret Behind Chinese Mathematics Success?

    Rote learning of math was abandoned in western nations as early as the 1960s. So why is the UK government spending £41m to train teachers in 8000 English primary schools in so-called "mastery maths", based on the approach in Shanghai, China? More importantly, is rote learning somehow the "missing ingredient" in English kids' learning of maths?

  • K-6 Math in the News: Everyone CAN Succeed at Maths

    Math in the News: Everyone Can

    What do your students believe about their abilities in mathematics? Do they say "I can do this", or "I'll never get this"? We discuss a TES article which focuses on the message that "Everyone Can" succeed at math, urging teachers and students to believe in the students' success. What do you think? Is simply being positive about students' abilities and capabilities really going to make a difference to the results that they achieve? And are some people simply born "with a maths brain" and others not?

  • Asian Kids Beat Out the West in Math Again

    Pisa test results released: Why do western nations like the US, Australian and the UK struggle to compete on the international stage when it comes to school mathematics? A couple of days ago, the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA) results from OECD countries were released. I encourage you to go over and have a […]