CanDoMaths

About CanDoMaths

"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'.



Meet Colin the 'Can Do' Caribou

Colin believes that you can enjoy and achieve in mathematics with:

  • Understanding
  • Belief
  • Hard Work

Five Essentials for a CanDoMaths Classroom

C

Convince

Convincing, justifying and explaining to others.
The answer is only the beginning.

A

Apply

Applying to different contexts, solving problems and making connections.

N

Not

Understanding what it's 'not' as well as what it is.

D

Draw

Drawing the concept to 'see' structures and relationships.

O

Ok

It's OK not to be able to do it......yet.
It's OK to make mistakes.

'Can Do Maths' Core Ideas

Belief

Hard Work

Teaching for Understanding

Teaching for Understanding

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.

Belief

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.

Hard Work

Success comes from hard work. It's as simple as that! Mathematics can be difficult at times but success can be achieved through hard work. Check out the thoughts of Adam Peaty and of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge from the Rio Olympics.

'Can Do Maths' Resources and Links

'Can Do Maths' Resources

  • Colin's Mathematical Habits

    Nine amazing posters for the classroom to celebrate the habits of a mathematician - Pattern Sniffing, ExperimentingDescribing, Tinkering, Inventing, Visualising, Conjecturing, Guessing - based on the work of Al Cuoco, Clck here for Colin's special compilation poster.

  • CanDoArithmetic: Helping students develop the Arithmetic Toolkit needed to be successful in mathematics

    Resources include: ArithmeChecks (2A, 4A, 6A), ArithmeKits (Primary, Secondary) and ArithmePractice Sample. Find out more about CanDoArithmetic by clicking here.

  • CanDo21: Helping students understand the 21 key facts of the times tables.

    Resources include Activity Mat, Poster and 'Knowledge Parties'. Find out more about CanDo21 by clicking here.

  • ArithmeQuiz

    An infinite number of context free questions based on the structure of the KS2 Arithmetic Papers. Click on the links below to access purposeful practice of different types of calculations and also ideal discussion prompts - Can the calculation be done 'In Your Head', 'With Jottings' or 'Using a Written Method'?

    Click on the 'Whole Paper' button to produce an 'Arithmetic Quiz' - all 36 questions in test format! 

    ArithmeQuiz v1.0  - same operations used on the 2016 KS2 Arithmetic Papers

    ArithmeQuiz v2.0  - the inverse operations used on the 2016 KS2 Arithmetic Papers ('Whole Paper' facility coming soon!)

    ArithmeQuiz KS1 - based on questions from the 2016 KS1 Arithmetic Papers

CanDoMaths also produces and distributes resources via its partner, Buzzard Publishing. More information here.

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