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New Article: Challenging Maths In The Early Years


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Do read our new article from Professor Anne Cockburn at UEA :o

 

I spent a long time thinking about zero not being "nothing" but in fact being "the absence of something".

 

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Thank you for this article. As someone who somehow managed to achieve a CSE Grade 1 in Mathematics but does not see herself as a confident mathematician (despite managing my setting's financial administration quite well because it makes sense), I found this article very interesting.

 

Maybe that is why I couldn't understand algebra at school - because I saw the = sign to be a call to action rather than equivalency!

 

Like the picture in the article I always show the children clenched fists to illustrate zero and generally called 0 zero but 'nothing' has been known to be uttered from my lips too. Not any more! I had a feeling that 0 should be called zero but not why.

 

I also like the idea of counting up from zero too as well as counting down to zero.

 

Thank you!

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Thank you for this article. As someone who somehow managed to achieve a CSE Grade 1 in Mathematics but does not see herself as a confident mathematician (despite managing my setting's financial administration quite well because it makes sense), I found this article very interesting.

 

Ditto!! :o

 

I had a quick scan though but I've saved it for a better read later.

I love the idea of a bag with nothing in it. How simple! xD

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I really enjoyed this article which has certainly given me food for thought. Although an early years trained teacher, years ago when my children were small I did supply teaching for a few years where I taught up to Year 6. I found that I was completely at sea when I had to teach long multiplication and long division as it was so different from the way I'd been taught at school. Even now I still prefer to use the 'old' way (if no calculator is at hand).

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