- The aim of the Maths Faculty is to develop the mathematical mindset of all of our students. In order to do this we are working to embed the Seven Positive Norms outlined by Jo Boaler’s research. These are:
Everyone Can Learn Maths to the Highest Levels.
Encourage students to believe in themselves. There is no such thing as a “maths” person. Everyone can reach the highest levels they want to, with hard work.
- Mistakes are Valuable Mistakes grow your brain!
It is good to struggle and make mistakes.
- Questions are Really Important
Always ask questions, always answer questions. Ask yourself: why does that make sense?
- Maths is about Creativity and Making Sense
Maths is a very creative subject that is, at its core, about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss and critique.
- Maths is about Connections and Communicating
Math is a connected subject, and a form of communication. Represent math in different forms eg words, a picture, a graph, an equation, and link them. Colour code!
- Depth is much more important than Speed
Top mathematicians, such as Laurent Schwartz, think slowly and deeply.
- Lessons about Learning not Performing
Maths is a growth subject, it takes time to learn and it is all about effort.
Our fundamental approach to teaching mathematics is simple. We find out what the students can’t do and then teach them how to do it.