Middle School

Back to School Brain Training Games

In a week’s time you’ll be sending your kids off to school to start a new school year, and getting your kids to warm up their mathematical brain beforehand will help you, them and their teacher!
As a teacher, the first few days after the holidays (even the short holidays) are always a struggle for students. It’s like waking a bear after a long period of hibernation! Students are weary-eyed and their brains are foggy as they try to remember what learning is all about and how to get their brain into gear. A few activities on the day or […]

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“I’ve never understood algebra anyway”

Chatting with some of my maths teacher colleagues over the weekend, the topic of how we remember being taught algebra came up.
Now before you click away or start snoring, it’s not what you think!
We began talking about the common responses we hear when we tell people that we’re maths teachers. And the most common by far is “I never understood algebra at school. I just don’t get what it’s for!” In case you’re wondering what the second most common response is, it’s “You must be smart!” We sure do appreciate that one 🙂
We then got to talking about how […]

Helping Your Child Prepare For End of Year Exams

The final term of school can be a hard slog for students, teachers and parents alike. It’s also when students in secondary school are sitting final exams and assessments. It’s important that they feel encouraged and supported to perform their very best and confidently demonstrate all that they have learned during the year.
Here are our hints and tips on what you can do to help them prepare and keep focused.

1.Devise a plan
Find out when exam and assessment periods are to be held, either from your child or directly from the school, and make it an important date in your […]

Calculations With Percentages – A Few Short Cuts

This is the first video in the series Calculations With Percentages. This video is an introduction to calculating the percentage of a number. Here we demonstrate a few simple short cuts for calculating the percentage of a number.

Helping Your Child With Mental Maths Strategies – Part 4

This video is the next in our Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at how to teach your child to multiply two and three digit numbers by a single digit using a mental strategy rather than a written strategy.

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out verbally together with your child.

3. Without using any […]

Helping Your Child wth Mental Maths Strategies – Part 3

This video is the third in our next Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at our first strategy for multiplication. We will show you how to teach your child how to multiply numbers ending in zeros in their head. There are more strategies on multiplication to come!

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out […]

Helping Your Child with Mental Maths Strategies – Part 2

This video is the second in our next Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at how to teach your child to subtract two digit numbers using a mental strategy rather than a written strategy.

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out verbally together with your child.

3. Without using any paper, ask your child to […]

Flip Homework in Your House – Have Your Kids Teach You

As a teacher, it’s always easy to see which students have mastered a concept ahead of others – they are the ones teaching their peers how to understand and answer a problem. They are often quite animated and excited, and rightly so, because they are proud that they have understood a concept and can help others understand it too. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of mastering some knowledge and having the opportunity to help someone else understand it too, and all during the same lesson.
It was this feeling that really sparked my interest in becoming a Mathematics teacher. […]

Helping Your Child with Mental Maths Strategies – Part 1

This video is the first in our next Homework Help Video Series – Mental Strategies. In this video we’ll take a look at how to teach your child to add two digit numbers using a mental strategy rather than a written strategy.

We suggest the following approach to successfully help your child with this strategy:

1. Begin by doing a few sums using pen and paper as shown in the video.

2. Next, do a few more sums, this time writing the sums on paper, but working them out verbally together with your child.

3. Without using any paper, ask your child to […]