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Maths Training with Professor Ruth Merttens

diana-mitcham.jpg By Diana Mitcham

'Good at Sums and Poor at Reasoning?' is Hamilton's new maths training seminar with Professor Ruth Merttens. In this session, new for the 2019-20 school year, Ruth focuses on the what, why and how of problem solving and reasoning in relation to mastery and much more.

An impassioned keynote from professor Ruth Merttens from @HamiltonTrust on the importance of numerical fluency and common sense. #TayMaths2019

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  • Why can children be proficient at arithmetic and yet have real trouble with questions that require reasoning?
  • Have we pondered the differences between problem solving and reasoning?
  • How can we develop children's ability to reason mathematically?

Read on, or sign up for Ruth's seminar in Carlisle here.

Many children appear to be proficient or even good at arithmetic and yet have trouble with questions that involve mathematical reasoning. This not only affects outcomes for the year group/school but can also diminish individual children's numerical fluency. Understanding the important differences between problem solving and reasoning in relation to mathematics is key to realising how we can prevent the situation outlined above from becoming an issue.

During this session, through practical reasoning, teachers will review the different skills involved. They will explore the pedagogical and organisational processes that can be put in place to ensure that we develop children’s ability to reason alongside their ability to calculate efficiently.

The session is of immediate interest to all primary teachers and particularly primary maths coordinators or those in senior management positions. It is FREE and open to all teachers.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Carlisle, Thursday 14th November, 2019 at St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School (CA1 2UE) at 4.15pm (arrival from 4.00pm) until 5.45pm.

    Book your place here →

Hamilton's staff meeting guidance gives you everything you need to run a training session on consistencey in models and images in your school's maths teaching. This is key to helping children progress seamlessly from one year the next. Download our guidance notes and put good practice in place across all your year groups. Staff Meetings: school-wide maths training.

What a super day yesterday at the @TayCollab Maths Conference! Lots of learning - could have listened to Prof. Ruth Merttens talk all day @HamiltonTrust. Thanks @CarolLyon16 for organising such a great event and inviting us to share our journey.

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