This week has seen me (and other maths teachers) visiting our feeder primaries and doing a relatively quick bit of maths with them, raising some interesting questions for me.
I’ll get this over with first, while I enjoyed going out to each primary, I do wonder as to whether there is any impact. Does the lesson spent with them mean I have developed a relationship with these students ready for September? How many of these students will I actually teach? Will any even remember what we did or my name?
The single most interesting thing I have taken from this is the overall approach to teaching maths at primary and secondary. Primaries have maths every day and students have so much confidence about their basic numeracy skills that is seeming lost by many by Christmas year seven.
I’m sure I’m not alone when teaching middle to low ability classes and…
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