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  • Rachael Young

    January 4, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I’m currently on summer break so I won’t be back in the classroom for 3 more weeks so I am thinking about this question more theoretically. This area is one of the most challenging for me so far because my own Maths skills are not high. I’m a language and Humanities specialist who just scraped through high school Maths (Business Maths, baby!) and did 1 semester on teaching Maths at Uni. And although I’ve been teaching Year 6 and 7 Maths for over 20 years I still don’t feel confident with it and I get easily flustered if I make a mistake or I don’t understand what a student is asking or has done. I am learning to utilise student expertise in my classroom and to be more comfortable with saying I don’t know the answer and luckily my partner is a Physics PhD so I can usually go home and ask him to explain it to me but it makes things hard and it’s hard for me to not fall back on the textbook as being more in my comfort zone! But in another way I guess it’s an advantage – because I think like a Year 7 mathematically, I can usually anticipate what strategies they will try and what questions they will have! But I lack the mathematical language that you guys often use so it’s hard to categorise the strategies. Not sure what the solution is except more preparation! Hence the work over the summer!