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Aarnout Brombacher

Aarnout Brombacher

    It's all in the process
    It's all in the process
    In my previous column I challenged the use of tricks for performing calculations. My point was if you don't understand what you are doing the...
    Don't be fooled by tricks
    Don't be fooled by tricks
    Throughout my columns, I make the point that children need to experience mathematics as a meaningful, sense-making, problem-solving activity. When...
    Practice makes perfect
    Practice makes perfect
    I have emphasised before that frequent practice is necessary to give children more confidence in their ability to do mathematics. Those who do more...
    Use maths skills or lose them
    Use maths skills or lose them
    In my columns I have been continually stressing the need for sense-making and understanding.
    Gymnastics of the mind
    Gymnastics of the mind
    In my previous column I looked at the role of investigations and the recognition of patterns in helping children to learn mathematics in general...
    Investigating relationships
    Investigating relationships
    In my previous columns I said that learning mathematics is one great big investigation and investigations characterise the classroom in which...
    Investigating the issue
    Investigating the issue
    In my previous column I made the point that starting the year with an investigation would reveal the problem-solving strategies, the attitudes and...
    Making a good start
    Making a good start
    A new year means the possibility of a fresh start. As you start 2011, you will have a new class with children you have not taught before. They...
    Abstracts can't be avoided
    Abstracts can't be avoided
    Throughout my columns this year I have shown how, if we regard problems not only as a reason for studying mathematics but also as a way of...
    Why are we doing this?
    Why are we doing this?
    In my columns so far, I have said that I believe so-called "maths anxiety" is not so much an anxiety or fear of the subject itself but rather a...
    More about solving problems
    More about solving problems
    In my previous column, I made the point that, although we study mathematics to solve problems, it is not always obvious that we can also use...
    Problem solved
    Problem solved
    In my first column I suggested that many children experience mathematics as no more than the memorisation of facts, rules, formulas and procedures...