"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right."
- Henry Ford
All students can enjoy and improve their achievement in mathematics. It is no longer acceptable to say that only certain types of people can learn mathematics.
This site, co-founded by Dave Bowman (@Maths4UkPLC), Steve Lomax (@MaxTheMaths) and Liz Hopkins (@BuzzardPublish), provides ideas and links to resources to support teachers and parents to help children and students believe they 'Can Do Maths'.
Colin believes that you can enjoy and achieve in mathematics with:
Convincing, justifying and explaining to others.
The answer is only the beginning.
Applying to different contexts, solving problems and making connections.
Understanding what it's 'not' as well as what it is.
Drawing the concept to 'see' structures and relationships.
It's OK not to be able to do it......yet.
It's OK to make mistakes.
Teaching that focuses on developing secure and deep understanding, including the use of practical resources and iconic representations supports the learning and memorisation of mathematical concepts. The teaching of 'rules' and 'tricks' with no understanding and the use of only ‘standard’ examples contribute to learners feeling they 'can't do' maths.
All learners need to believe they can succeed and also believe that their teacher, and parents, believe they can succeed. Adopting a growth mindset is at the heart of a 'Can Do Maths’ approach including the use of 'yet’ and knowing that making mistakes is an essential part of learning. Parents, teachers and the media thinking it's acceptable to use phrases such as 'Don't worry, I can't do maths', 'Maths is too hard', etc all contribute to learners feeling that they 'can't do' maths.
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