October 15, 2018

What to do about place value 

Do not eliminate concrete supports too quickly

Some students need more time to explore the physical attributes of number before they are secure moving to paper and pencil tasks.

Coloured place-value counters, base-10s...

October 10, 2018

5 reasons place value is so hard to understand

For the first four years of life you were told this is the number "one". Your parents affirmed this, your Nursery confirmed this, and your EYFS teacher celebrated you for getting it right. 

Then something...

October 2, 2018

A few quick-win strategies to help your kids learn some of those tricky maths skills

September 23, 2018

For some, maths learning incurs a deep sense of failure and frustration that eventually turns into maths avoidance. If we know our students find maths difficult, we can help alleviate this sense of failure by sparsely interleaving challenging maths p...

September 16, 2018

Three questions you're probably asking

A special education coordinator recently sent me a long list of questions about how to teach maths to children and young people with learning difficulties. Last week's questions can be found here.

This is Part 2....

September 9, 2018

This is how we do it

A special education coordinator recently sent me a long list of questions about how to teach maths to children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Over the next few weeks, I'll share my answers here at ww...

July 31, 2018

4 common sense ideas to begin using NOW!

1. Put number lines on walls and on their desk

You’d be surprised at the number of teachers I speak with who tell me their students struggle with basic counting yet have no number lines on display or on the stud...

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