Category Archives: Recent News & Articles

Failing fast and failing forward



Tierney Kennedy A few years ago mathematician Terence Tao created a Polymath[1] group to work on the Twin Prime Conjecture – a project where mathematicians collaborate together to solve vexing problems. As part of the approach, everyone agreed to immediately … READ MORE

How to read my data



It’s that time of year again when everyone gets caught up with analysing data. I thought I’d put together a few tools to make life easier. Have fun playing with your numbers! Also, if you’d like to make life easier … READ MORE

New resources for members… a sneak preview



We just wanted to let you in on a little secret… We’ve been working on adding extra goodies in the lessons bank section for subscribers. Here’s a quick preview of what we are up to. More will be coming in … READ MORE

When kids get stuck and never catch up



Recently I’ve been pondering findings from a major report into Australian schooling that kids who are struggling in maths by the end of primary school often never catch up (Masters, 2009). I know it’s true in a lot of cases, … READ MORE

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Improving student reasoning



Kids who have a strong intuitive understanding of maths can sometimes have trouble slowing down their thinking to explain how they got the answer. Here are a few simple tips for helping them to work out what process they used. … READ MORE

What works and what doesn’t in intervention – research summary



Some interventions that we try as schools are really effective, some less so.  This article will give you a comparative overview of a few of the most common ones, as well as some easy steps to take that are very … READ MORE

Mathsbusters: experimenting to bust misconceptions



>>> Introducing conceptual change programs Let’s face it – nobody likes being wrong.  Not kids, and not us.  So, when maths becomes all about the right answers, that makes it tricky for kids to want to try. One simple adjustment … READ MORE

The Paradox of Intervention



>>> Why does intervention look so very different to what we would consider to be great maths? Intervention is hard.  The Masters Report (2009) shows that there is a gap of 2.5 years between the lowest and highest performing 20% … READ MORE

Do you have decision fatigue? This might help.



Have you had a long and tough term? Let’s talk about how to survive the stress. Sometimes the holidays just feel like breathing room before starting the next big push.  Life can feel a lot like a pendulum swinging – you … READ MORE