Underpinning the principals
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.
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.
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.
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’.
To be childish
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:
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?