Subtraction

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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Good on her!

Stopped by a friend today who did the ‘Take the Test’. She didn’t know there was another way to subtract that was very different from her method. She has made a mental note to make sure she went into her daughter’s school when maths evening available.
Great I thought – it has warned her that methods might be different, and she is going to do something about it! Good on her!

Would you believe it!

No sooner had this site gone live than we have a couple of friends over for dinner; discussion turns to my work, I tell them about Take the Test and it turns out (with much No, I do it that way and You don’t, do you?) that they subtract differently. What’s more, they’d been married for 25 years and never realised… I’m looking forward to hearing some more stories!

Welcome!

What an exciting and interesting time to be launching my website!
 It’s the beginning of a new school year. For some, it is the start of a new phase in your life as your child starts school for the first time.
But in it all, as parents, you are there for your children, guiding them through.
My hope is that my website will be of help to you as you do that.
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