Mathematics education uncovered and recovered

August, 2017

A silver lining

Jo Boaler continues her mission to bring meaning into maths teaching and joy into its learning. The Stanford University project YouCubed draws attention to common problems in maths teaching and offers some insight into what works best, supported by educational research. Her enthusiasm is highly commendable, and I would encourage everyone interested to visit the website. You […]

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A square or not a square?

One remarkable fact about school maths is that students are hardly ever given definitions of the objects they are dealing with. Instead, students are presented with some sort of descriptions. Here is an excerpt from BBC Bitesize which is a typical example of what school textbooks say: Students need to know properties of squares, but […]

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The true mess of A levels

It is once again that time of the year when students receive their A level results and learn the outcome of their university applications. If something doesn’t go according to plan, they have only a few days to make important decisions and act on them. Appeals, clearing and adjustment — everything is crammed in a […]

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Tidy-up time

I walked into a Year 1 classroom and was overwhelmed by the wall charts surrounding me. Numbers and shapes drawn in different fonts, colours and sizes, with heads and legs of animals, looked quite aggressive. I guess the children had got used to the zoo in which they spent every school day, but I doubt […]

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