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How To Find The Slope Of A Line

Much of science and economics is about the rate of change, often with time. This rate of change is the slope of a graph, spreadsheets make this easy to find. Children are taught the equation of a line at primary … Continue reading

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All Children Will Be Expected To Learn Times Tables By 11

Children must memorise times tables up to 12×12 by age 11, says UK education minister Nicky Morgan.  WRONG,  better to learn how to calculate times tables so you are never stuck. The problem with memorising times tables is to answer … Continue reading

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Common Themes In Recent Posts About Succesful Learning

Three recent posts at StartingArithmetic featured successful learning, are there any common themes? Arithmetic with Richard DunneOne Way To Improve Sats Results – Better Teaching French with Michel Thomas Getting Failing Students To Learn – Michel Thomas Shows How Maths … Continue reading

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Primary School Arithmetic Is Essential To Pass Many GCSEs

Primary school arithmetic and maths is necessary to pass many GCSEs so it makes sense to master it otherwise it will be harder to learn new stuff for GCSEs Here are some of them Accounting Biology Business and Economics Business … Continue reading

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One Way To Improve Maths Sats Results – Better Teaching

In 2009 Barton Hill Primary Bristol invited Richard Dunne to help improve maths teaching for year 6. Dispatches Kids Don’t Count recorded the results. Kids Don’t Count was aired in 2 parts in February 2010.  Here is part 2. The … Continue reading

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Get Failing Students To Learn – Michel Thomas Shows How

Michel Thomas devised a way to learn languages. In Hollywood people paid him £18000+ for a few days face to face lessons. Near the end of his life Michel wanted to leave a permanent record of his work.  In 1997 … Continue reading

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How To Get People Who Fail GCSE Maths and English To Pass

Pat Harrison, of Bolton College, explains in an interview with BBC Radio4 PM how Bolton College enables students who have failed GCSEs to learn and pass. Here is the interview.   What do you think of the interview? Here is … Continue reading

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Learning Times Tables – How Folding A Tape Measure Can Help

There are many ways you can help your children learn times tables, folding a tape measure is one of them. In this post (and associated video) I use 3 × 5 = 15 as an example. Tape Measure Folded In … Continue reading

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Carol Vorderman On Sky News Thursday 24 January 2013

Sky News had an interview with Carol Vorderman today, 24 January 2013. A cynic might say it was free advertising for her latest product.  Yet she said something which made my ears prick up. What was it? Studies in US … Continue reading

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Learn 3 And 4 Times Tables Easily Using Your Fingers

Here’s a really simple way to help your children or grandchildren learn the 3 and 4 times tables using their fingers. The video explains it all but for those who don’t like videos. We count moving through numbers one at … Continue reading

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