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Maths can be FUN!

Maths, Primary Curriculum, SATs, Teaching Strategies, Year 2, Year 6

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I wanted to start to talk about Maths on my blog, because as a teacher a phrase I always struggle to hear is ‘I hate Maths.’ During my work in schools it was always my secret mission to help students fall in love with Maths. This will probably become a major topic on the blog. I discover new strategies about Maths.

1. ENCOURAGE and BE PATIENT! – Maths is the trickiest subject to grasp if you don’t have a mathematical mindset, but with the right teacher, students can reach the required potential to be successful. Go over and over with them because they will get there. It is such a good moment when the light bulb goes on.
2. Build the relationship – You are probably wondering what I am on about. I worked with a student who thrived on the fact I used both of us to explain the problem. He kept saying you need Miss B’s Bag as well as mine.
3. Set High Expectations – I think society has predetermined that all maths is hard, I think in some cases this has transferred into students. This is why in some cases I push my expectations a little harder, because I know they can do it.
4. Try novel themes to increase engagement. – My favourite one so far has to be my Beat the Teacher Addition Edition you can check it out here at www.bit.ly/BTTRETPT and you can check out my other editions here at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store www.bit.ly/HappyEducatorsTpT

There you have my top four strategies I am using in my Maths teaching at the moment in my classroom. Let me know your maths strategies teacher friends. You can comment down below or find me on social media @happyeducators.

Happy Wishes Teacher Friends
Kathryn Alison

Students, Teachers and Testing

Creativity, Primary Curriculum, SATs, Testing, Year 2, Year 6

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It is coming to that time of year again here in England – the SATs. It is a tough time for both teacher and students. The pressure to achieve and succeed overtakes the teaching of a love for learning. It has been quoted in UK media that the SATs are making schools become factories rather than places of learning, with even headteachers resigning from their roles because they disagree with what’s going on in regards to testing.

As a student, even in my late teens, I found testing season to be a very anxious time but as a teacher it is always my aim to make sure I give testing a purpose and outcome and work with students to know that testing is their time to really show the world how far they have come. So I thought I would share with you a few things I am doing to support students during testing.

  1. Letting the students know the classroom door is always open. I tell students that this time of year is very difficult for them, but I tell them they are not alone in this journey. I want them to showcase their best talents during this test. So, anytime they need me they should know where to find me during lunchtimes and break times. I will happily listen to their woes, rants or meltdowns, whatever it takes to make sure they achieve the possible grade they can.
  2. I know this one we all tend to do as teachers, because we get questions like ‘Why am I doing this?’ and remarks ‘I am never going to use this’. However, I believe that by helping students see that they are tackling strategies that are harder to learn when you are older.  Get students to set their own expectations with your support, if you set your own expectations you are creating your own future which is what education is all about.
  3. Create fun events for after testing such as topic days, classroom flips you name it is about FUN. Let your creativity list you have had saved up in the few months prior to testing season go. Be BOLD!
  4. Organise cool people to come in who would not come in before, because you had to extra dedicate time to English and Maths.

Let me know what you are doing after testing season I would love to know. You can comment down below or let me know on my social media channels @happyeducators.

Have a good weekend, educators.

KA