The EYFS butterfly and the hurricane in Year 10

The Quirky Teacher

In addition to learning how we learn, and linking this to my knowledge of the biology of the brain, neuroplasticity and memory formation, I have also had an increasing interest in Eastern philosophy because of my reading around mathematics education in China. In order to write this post, I must first attempt to give you what will inevitably be a very poor explanation of key difference between Western and Eastern thinking. We, in the West, tend towards taking a reductionist approach to various concepts and phenomena, whereas in the East, it is not just the individual concept or phenomenon that is looked at, but the links that connect to it. It actually blows my mind whenever I peer into the Chinese approach to mathematics education because all the possible links in all the possible dimensions that could be influential have been seen and then co-opted in a purposeful way –…

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