There is still value in learning the times tables, even in the smartphone era

By Brian Murray, co-author of Oxford Mathematics At the start of trivia night I recently attended, the organisers requested that all participants’ smartphones should be switched off. This was not because the phones might cause a disturbance, but because those running the quiz could not trust us to resist the temptation to cheat. In this, […]

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Maths for Everyone: Why there is no such thing as a ‘maths person’

‘I’m not a maths person.’ That’s a statement you’ve all probably heard many times. However, the skills that students learn in mathematics are among the most practical taught in school. Mathematics underpins the world we live in and it teaches our children valuable problem-solving skills. Mathematics provides us with a language to explain much of […]

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Maths teachers can help students avoid financial pitfalls in the future

First published by EducationHQ. Following recent scrutiny of the banking sector by a Royal Commission, there have been calls to end the practice of allowing a financial institution, such as the Commonwealth Bank, to “invite itself” into primary school classrooms through schemes such as the “Dollarmites” children’s banking project. The bad press directed at the big […]

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Tips for implementing inquiry based maths in the primary classroom

By Anita Green “The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos Ever since I started teaching, I have always aimed to provide students with high-quality maths lessons that contain strong links to real-life contexts. Students need a range of hands-on experiences that engage them in challenging and meaningful activities. When […]

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