Maths isn’t the same as when I was at School

How have things changed so much since I was at school?

Parents have said to me that I just don’t understand the new maths at school. How could it have changed so much you know, additions addition, subtractions subtraction. I learnt the method of writing it in columns and adding or subtracting and it worked for me. Trying to help my child do the same thing just doesn’t work.

Partitioning of numbers, what’s partitioning of numbers? I have no idea I have no concept around it. So when homework comes home I’m sort of at a loss as to how to actually take my child through these steps. It’s the practice that the kids get on a regular basis.

If they go to a session they get it once per week but the follow up activities as well. So through the whole week my child start an extra 80 to 100 minutes of maths in the week and it’s this practice, consistent practice, that’s actually helping them progress in the meantime.

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Hi. I’m Steve Cornelius

During my time as an educator with over 30+ years’ experience, I have been a classroom teacher, a Principal of three Schools and the Manager of Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour.

I work currently out of a Red Beach Primary School providing direct maths tutoring for students who need that extra learning to boost maths progress and confidence. I have been having a great deal of success in improving maths achievement levels for students. One of my independent on-line students (who does not see me directly), has progressed her maths achievement level nearly 3 years in 21 months and is now achieving above her Actual Age in Math. 

I am able to support students through ‘live video feed’ when they have a particular ‘struggle/frustration’ in math. Parents have found this very useful preventing many family math conflicts.

If I was to be asked what my biggest takeaway would be when teaching/tutoring students it would be:

“My biggest thrill is to see the smile on a student’s face when they have succeeded at something they thought was impossible.”