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They’re quicker than me

Saturday, 09 February 2008 | 0 Comments

Each year, we review the four basic operations with Year 7.  We don’t re-teach, because they would have already developed a method in primary school.  So, for each operation, we mind map different methods for solving a couple of different problems.

Each year I learn a new method of addition which allows a year 7 student to add 2 three digit numbers quicker than me – I’m so jealous.

The silly thing is, my university teaching course didn’t teach the people training to be teachers, who were taught algorithm methods only, any of these new ways.

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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