Let’s Take Away The Confusion!

That’s the title of my latest article in Mathematics Teaching (May 2013, Issue 234), for the ATM (The Association of Teachers of Mathematics). Hoping it will be read by many! It should help parents, teachers and tutors with explaining and understanding the two main written ‘pencil and paper’ methods of subtraction.
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Much Ado About Tutors‏

Guest Blog for VOICE about tutors went live on 15 April. http://blog.voicetheunion.org.uk/?p=7171 Glad to say it has been Tweeted and Retweeted in several places. There really is Much Ado About Tutors at present as different aspects are emerging and being discussed. There really is a need to bring all the issues above board, and have some quality control in place! The recommendations from my PhD about private tutoring are still very pertinent!

What annoys me most …!

Watching The One Show. Fiona Bruce mentioned what a torment it is helping her 10-year-old son with maths. Chatting things over with my son got me thinking about how to help parents help their children with maths, and how I need to teach teachers how to help parents do that … I finally worked out what annoys me most! I’m glad that parents are being invited into schools to see demonstration lessons on how maths is taught.

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I love pineapples …!

Wow it’s really amazing! Heard about how Farm Africa helped some farmers in Kenya increase their income from pineapples … Decided to send off a mathematical activity for Farm Africa to use, if they want … I do wish them well in all their projects! Must get on and prepare that pineapple …

Hi! I’m back …

What a year I have had … I’m now a grandmother!! The ‘little one’ is so gorgeous! He’s now 15 months old and growing so fast … Parents trying to help their children with maths is being highlighted once again … Must get on and send off my new book proposal to Bloomsbury on how parents and schools can work more closely …

‘Oh … I’ve even done the homework,’ she said.

Happy New Year.
What a busy start to the New Year!
Have just managed to sort out a time for the second session of the Maths for Parents course I am running. The aim of the course, which is spread over 4 sessions, is to help parents help their children with maths. It takes in a bigger picture than just how to recognise methods used in schools. Among other things, we look at ways to build a child’s confidence and also, how to decode school reports!

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Happy Christmas!

It’s still difficult to get around here due to the snow. Glad I was able to do all the shopping I needed to yesterday!
Have a Happy Christmas!

For Year 10 parents – How To Help Your Teenager With Maths

I get many parents of teenagers asking me how can they help their children with maths. I have loads of advice, particularly as I teach in a senior school, but I want to get down my thoughts in this blog especially for parents of students in the current Year 10.
One big piece of news for these parents is the introduction of the new Mathematics GCSE, which started this Autumn with current Year 10 students.

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It’s so welcoming …

Was very encouraged by a comment made about the website by a parent. ‘It’s so welcoming and very friendly!’ Great I thought – if that means people can visit a website about maths and not be put off and feel welcomed, I am very pleased!