Mathematics education uncovered and recovered

October, 2017

Unfit for learning

This is a chart called “100 square” that you can find in every primary clasroom: Children mostly use it for simple sums. Say, if you need to do 45+7, you find 45 on the chart and simply move 7 steps forward. Oops, sorry, you move only five steps forward, then you have to move your […]

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Navigating numbers

You have certainly seen this bright-coloured toy called an abacus: It can usually be found in shops as an entertaining toy for three-year-olds. Despite a respectful past as a calculating device, using it for a serious purpose would probably be ridiculed as inappropriate for the 21st century. Indeed, an abacus like the one shown above […]


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