Open up a maths textbook and youâ€™ll find carefully explained ideas, precise definitions and neat diagrams. A textbook should be the ideal introduction for a student as they learn new maths concepts.

Except, itâ€™s not.

Open up a maths textbook and youâ€™ll find carefully explained ideas, precise definitions and neat diagrams. A textbook should be the ideal introduction for a student as they learn new maths concepts.

Except, itâ€™s not.

These are questions that will help your students deal with uncertainty, cope with challenge, and be persistent. And theyâ€™re questions that can be used by any learner – no matter their age or the mathematical content theyâ€™re tackling.

The MOST learning in our lives happens before we turn two – learning that’s not always obvious, but is highly significant to our later development.

Nestled away, in a room labelled Geometry, symmetry is often ticked off and forgotten. Yet, viewed differently, it becomes a game-changing concept that can powerfully change the way students see maths.

Here’s a quick way to TURN 1 PROBLEM into 5 MORE – and to help your students go deeper. It starts by asking yourself, “Where might this go next?”

What does a psychology experiment from the 1960s have to do with maths? A fascinating study about people’s beliefs, and what they hold to be true, has important implications for how we teach one of the biggest concepts in maths: patterns. Let me tell you about it- Wason’s 2-4-6 study In 1960, psychologist Peter Wason …

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