Creative Teaching & Learning

Maths That Make You Smile

Mathematics can be anxiety-producing for many children and adults. Why are so many students resistant to maths learning? Deborah Peart offers strategies for a student-centred approach that helps students take ownership of their learning.
Children making geometric shapes with maths equations in the background.

It’s time for maths. These simple words can cause heart palpitations for the brightest and the best, so imagine what it does for the student who has been told, “You are not a maths person”. What is exciting about taking out a textbook and practicing steps over and over without understanding? Don’t you think students notice the sadness in the teacher’s eyes, as he or she prepares to deliver the maths lesson they dread? How discouraging must it be to hear rants at home about the ‘terrible new maths?’ Mathematics has a bad reputation because there are not enough people who truly believe that mathematics is beautiful. 

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