Louise Racher is a Primary Mathematics Adviser for Herts for Learning.
I am pretty lucky. I get to “do” maths all day every day. Gone are the days when I used to teach PE, history, geography, English … and so on, as well as dealing with hormonal Year 6 children … to have the permission to think about one thing only, mathematics, is an indulgence.
I am still learning, and changing my opinion about which approaches will make the biggest difference, that will continue to change I am sure. What I do know is that the experiences I had in school were not good enough. Rote learning, procedures with no reason, struggling to keep up, sometimes copying my neighbour to get me through the lesson, because maybe I will be OK on my own tomorrow. I am passionate about the use of manipulatives across the Primary phase, and into the secondary phase. So, to have the opportunity to talk to teachers in a middle school and really sell my passion was a great opportunity. Continue reading “Reflections on Introducing Middle School to the Concrete Pictorial Abstract Pathway”