Help Children Learn and Love Maths
I came across this great visual today outlining 12 strategies from Jo Boaler to help pupils learn and love Maths.
- Praise what children have done not the child.
- Always be a good Maths role model.
- Praise mistakes as learning opportunities.
- Encourage pupils to work on challenging problems.
- Help but don't do it for them.
- Encourage drawing wherever you can.
- Support pupils to make sense of maths at all times.
- Encourage pupils to think flexibly about numbers.
- Never time children as they work.
- Pinpoint the logic in incorrect answers.
- Give children Maths puzzles.
- Play games that use Maths.
As I reflect on this list, I love the way that these strategies summarise the work that we have carried out with Dinah over the past two years.
My favourite? Number 3 without a doubt! Praise mistakes as learning opportunities. This is something that I am passionate about - in fact we celebrate mistakes. Kids know that I love it when they make a mistake.
I just had another thought though - I'm not so keen to make a mistake myself...why is this?
From a leadership perspective, would this list be useful to share with our community? Perhaps share 1 or 2 a week in the TNB?
I'd definitely like to use this in a team meeting. It would create a good discussion.