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In the near future, the ability to code will be as essential as knowing how to read, write and count. Shutterstock

Coding in South African schools: what needs to happen to make it work

South Africa's introducing coding as a school subject but until teacher education, IT infrastructure and internet connectivity issues, among others are addressed, the country has a long way to go.
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What is the secret to being good at maths?

Memorising facts and completing drills is likely to improve your maths skills – just so long as you find a way to stay motivated.
Teachers can learn a great deal from their pupils’ mistakes in maths. From www.shutterstock.com

When there’s meaning in mathematical mistakes

What if instead of dismissing wrong answers as a sign of failure, maths teachers tried to understand how their pupils came to that answer and then guided them in the right direction?
Children struggle to develop the basic “building blocks” of maths if they’re just copying down everything the teacher tells them without understanding it. From www.shutterstock.com

After school learning makes kids masters of their own maths destiny

When rote learning and parroted answers replace real engagement with the material, children are bound to battle with maths. After-school homework clubs offer a different way of thinking.
It’s hard for kids to remember a string of arbitrary numbers. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Here’s how to get kids to remember times tables

Lots of kids have trouble remembering their times tables. Learning them by rote can mean a child knows the numbers but not what they mean.
Teachers have been found to mark boys higher than girls in maths, affecting their self-confidence with the subject. Shutterstock

Teachers’ gender bias in maths affects girls later

New research has found some teachers mark boys' primary school maths tests more favourably than girls.
In lots of simple ways parents can help their kids understand and enjoy maths. Shutterstock

How parents can help their kids understand, and enjoy, maths

Teaching maths concepts has long been considered the domain of the classroom teacher, with many parents often feeling unable to help their kids develop this skill. However, parents already do many things…
China’s maths stars. How Hwee Young/EPA

How China teaches children maths so well

There has been much publicity in recent years about China and its teachers. After the most recent results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) were published in 2013, considerable…

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