Maths teachers will only achieve ‘light bulb’ moments if they have the confidence to take risks

By Peter Sullivan, author of Challenging Mathematical Tasks I have asked many teachers, ‘What gives you joy when you are teaching mathematics?’ It is very common for teachers to respond with the answer: ‘Light bulbs’. I presume they mean those delightful moments when students move from confusion to clarity, when they see the pathway to […]

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Don’t underestimate the value of practice in maths education

By Annie Facchinetti It is often easy to assume that because students appear to have understood an idea or demonstrated a skill on a particular day, they have mastered the associated concept. However, research is increasingly confirming the importance of practice in embedding learning in long-term memory. The adage ‘practice makes perfect’ is proving particularly relevant […]

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