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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

Protected: Intervention that works course resources



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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

Engagement vs Entertainment



I’d like to raise a contentious issue… Engagement is not the same as entertainment, or even the same as enjoyment. True engagement involves an insatiable curiosity. A driving need to know. Presenting maths on a screen does not always add … READ MORE

Is there really an ideal maths lesson?



I am often asked what makes a perfect mathematics lesson.  This is a difficult question to answer, as I’m not sure that there is one best lesson.  It really depends on what you want to achieve, as the purpose of … READ MORE