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Let’s face it; for most of us, Times Tables is a difficult subject that few have mastered.

If you do not understand the basics as a child, most likely you will never have a firm grasp of mathematicalprincipals as an adult.

 

Times tables is one of those topics which has the ability to switch a child off from learning or inspire them to want to and ultimately reach higher heights. Michael Green, professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, said most teachers failed to present the “glamorous” side of maths based subjects as classes often descended into “drudgery” and “boredom”.

 

We’ve all been there; sitting in a maths class daydreaming of our teacher breaking out into song and dance. The whole class, roaring with laughter. Sarah Jane giggling so hard she almost falls off her chair backwards. The classroom filled with an energy which lifted everyone’s spirits; so high Mrs. Thomas next door could feel it pulsating through the concrete walls!

 

But, no, back to reality… we’re in Mr.Smith’s classroom, learning the nine times tables by rote recitation for the third time this week!

 

The traditional method of teaching times tables in now out dated – and certainly not much fun to memorise or learn.

 

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Jo Boaler, a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University in California takes a deep interest in the way times tables are taught in the UK. She states that “Research has pinpointed the onset of ‘maths anxiety’ around the age of eight,” she explains, “when they start doing times tables tests. They are all about speed and memory. If someone isn’t fast at doing them, they get the idea they aren’t good at maths and they lose confidence.”

That in its turn sends them on to secondary school with a view that “maths isn’t for them”.

 

This is one of the worst feelings in the world, to feel as if you have failed, to feel as if you are behind everyone else. This feeling of failure from ones so young is about to increase.

 

We know this is unacceptable.

We can do better.

We will do better.

 

Although not yet implemented, there are new times tablestests set to hit our school children very soon. Test which will solely monitor their ability to know and recall their times tables.

 

When the times tables tests were first announced by former education secretary Nicky Morgan in January, the DfE said the tests would be “rolled out across the country in 2017”.

 

There are many websites, blogs and online companies dedicated to help teach the times tables; just type ‘times tables help’ into Google and scroll through the countless pages.

 

Teachers, we know you are seekingnew, innovative ways to encourage your pupils to learn their times tables as quickly as possible. We understand you are seeking a method which not only teaches them but enables them to retain the information. I; and many others appreciate the great importance of times tables which can be applied throughout varied topics and potential subjects such as science, physical education and numerous others.

 

But, every child is different, and with a room brimming with thirty differing learning styles, attitudes, backgrounds, personalities and so much more one method of teaching times tables will not work for all. No matter how glossy and expensive the new programme may seem. You need innovation which does not come packaged in a CD rom with a web link and 30 (more) booklets for your pupils.

 

We need to wake up and shake up these children; they need to not only learn their times tables but be unbelievably blown away with a concept and method that they will make them ‘want to learn’.

 

Teaching is not an easy task; in fact it’s one of the most rewarding; but life consuming careers one can embark upon. Not all are cut out for teaching in mainstream education; but those that are; I’ve told so many face to face already. ‘We, as a community should be in awe and gratitude to you all; you are the ones who should be receiving a footballer’ssalary… you teach and educate the adults of tomorrow!’ Do you agree?

 

We’ve all heard the horror stories about teachers taking their own lives, lashing out at children in class and falling into depression.Simply through a lack of communication, direction from senior members of staff and lack of sleep. Yes; that one thing the human body simply cannot do without.

 

Have a read through this article; its sets an unbelievable sad scene.

Inspection pressure ‘drives teachers to suicide’ 

 

Techers, what is missing from your classroom?

Do your pupils enter with a beaming smile at the beginning of the day?

What could support you to enable you to accomplish your vision of ‘that classroom’?

What is it about mainstream education that now encouragesteachers to fixate upon tests scores instead of the enjoyment of teaching and learning?

It seems, we have forgotten that the word ‘children’ begins with ‘child’.

 

Child –

To be childish

To play

To be immature

To be of a childish nature

 

I’ve already taught times tables to 1000’s of children across the UK and abroad and have had the privilege to support hundreds of teachers; providing outstandingly superior times tables sessions to their pupils.

Upon receiving the pride of Britain award in 2013, the then Birmingham Lord Mayor Councilor, Mike Leddy commented on my unique method: “Teachers do their very best to provide the right ethos for learning and you have provided them with another valuable tool in their armoury.”

 

You can have a further read here:

Pride Of Britain’s Maths Maestro

 

The teachers say it, the head teachers agree. I’m the best kept secret when it comes to every aspect of time tables:

 

 

If this is so, then one would wonder why my innovative sessions are yet to beintegrated into the nation curriculum. Every few years it is updated and revised to ensure it is fit for purpose. My method is fit for purpose… I’m ready, why aren’t the government?

 

They know about me, they know what I can do, worst yet, they know my method works better than any previous method before! As years pass by I could have helped secure times tables into the minds of thousands more then I already have. One would wonder? What are they waiting for, who are they waiting for? Why are they waiting?

 

 

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We’re 3 years behind!

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Times tables, Times Tables Times Tables! There is now a massive emphasis on times tables throughout all schools in the United Kingdom! All children are to know all their times tables by the time they leave primary school. If you didn’t know, now you do!

 

I don’t think this is the easiest task in the world! Let me break it down for you…
In 2015 we (the UK) ranked 20th in the world for education. Not a great start, I know! Upon digging a little deeper into these educational findings, 15 year old UK pupils are already three years behind in mathematics compared to their peers in Shanghai. One would wonder how in the world this happened (forgive the pun).

 

There are forever ongoing debates about ‘the best way to teach children’…
‘Rote learning is more effective’ ‘No its not’ ‘Yes it is’ ‘The girls are ahead of the boys’ ‘We need to get the system right first’
As the issue is debated our children fall further and further behind their peers. Lets spend more time, effort and intellect to actually solve the dilemma!

 

But all is not lost my friends, I promise you that…
I’m know as NK, I don’t like to boast about it but I simply have a unique gift which I would like to share with the world. I know, we can raise our educational world ranking, but we need to utilise the skills which we all have. Each one teach one.

 

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Tunes Times Tables is simply the quickest, fastest, easiest to learn and easiest to retain. I’ve proven I can help students from all walks of life.

 

Tunes Times Tables is a unique and creative way of quickly teaching both adults and children their times tables using song, rhythm, movement and catchy memorable lyrics… my method works! ‘Sounds great’ you say. ‘Lets get going’ you say.
Well if it was that easy believe me, we probably wouldn’t be facing as many educational issues as we are today.

 

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A while back I had an idea, one which would shake things up a little and possibly put things back into perspective in terms of learning our times tables. Its a well known fact that there’s no point telling a child what to do… you have to show them. So I intended to show them. Show them how much fun they can have through the joy of times tables; to bring my charismatic energy and share it with a stadium full of youngsters and adults alike to help them on their way. To break a world record and put the UK back on the map… A shout out to all those who rank higher then us in maths ‘we’re on our way up’!

 

 

You would have thought our educational leaders would be interested, yes? Giving their support, jeering us on yes? Offering ideas and promoting this incredible event yes? No. Not one!
In fact, the issue is deeper then I once thought! Check this – One of the responses I received after writing an official letter in 2015 to Nicky Morgan, former secretary of state for education.

 

 

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‘I believe it is for teachers to decide the methods to use in the classroom as we know that greater autonomy drives improvement’!
‘It is for the teachers to decide’
‘Greater autonomy drives improvement’!

 

 

To me that’s a straight-up contradiction. Firstly, there is very little ‘autonomy’ given to a teacher in the first place as they are simply teaching children to enable them to pass standardised tests, and secondly… I am autonomy.. I am that freedom and individuality which children need to enable them to climb higher heights and learn these times tables. Not because they have to… but because they want to. I make it it fun!

 

Yet, in 2015, she was also found to state:
‘If you don’t get it right at primary, then it becomes much harder for children to catch up at secondary school.’
I find myself wondering if and how those who set these ‘ regulations’ are going to practically help and encourage our children? … something to think about!

 

So I leave it with you parents, teachers and those who truly care. Why is the educational system in dismay? (lets not pretend its perfect, or even as good as it should be) Why don’t those who seek to help have the support to enable them to do so? Why should it be left to the teachers? The same teachers who take home books to mark over the weekend, have very little holiday, are simply inundated with paperwork and are literally asking for the assistance!

 

We are currently ranked 26th in the national educational league tables for maths; in 2010 we ranked 28th. It took us 6 YEARS to move just two places!
This vital piece of information just proves that this task isn’t one to be taken lightly! Leave it all up to stressed, overloaded, tired teachers? Hummm?
And don’t read between the lines too much, I’m not saying teachers can’t do the job, I’m simply giving you an insight into the rocky road we are currently travelling along because our leaders say ‘the right people have been chosen to do the job, let them do it’.

 

It takes a village to raise a child correctly; a whole village, not a select handful of people… think about it! Should we truly leave it solely to the schools, our ‘leaders of education’ and our ‘target setters’ to educate our children… ‘with great autonomy’?

 

I care, I don’t talk about it, I show it, join me on a Saturday from 12:00 pm – 2:00pm

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Let me show you what I can do. This is your youngsters time to blow that target out of the water With my help, anything is possible.