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## Out of the hat! Magic with maths

In this blog article, John Dabell demonstrates how maths can be combined with magic tricks to bring numbers to life.

## Modelling and explaining a mathematical concept

In this blog article, Nick Hart proposes 5 phases of teacher modelling to set children up to succeed.

## Why you should forget ability groups in maths

In this blog article, John Dabell discusses why between-class ability grouping in maths should be abandoned.

## Maths Misconceptions: mistakes, misunderstanding and muddles

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses key misconceptions in maths and suggests an effective activity to overcome them.

## Teaching quarters in Mathematics

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at teaching quarters in mathematics.

## Times tables matter - working towards multiplication mastery

Teacher and inspector John Dabell discusses why times tables matter and how to help children master them, by understanding what the numbers mean, 'seeing' the maths, and knowing how to apply their knowledge to a real-life purpose. Read more »

## Meeting individuals needs and coordinating the inclusive teaching of maths

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses inclusive teaching of maths and meeting individual needs.

## How to use the bar model to help all children to problem solve

When learning how to write and interpret stories, knowledge of story structure is key. If a reader or writer has a deep knowledge of these basic plots, they’ll be much better equipped to understand and construct their own. One cannot write a great mystery story without a sound knowledge of the structure of a mystery story!

Parallels can be drawn to the subject of maths where there are several basic underlying structures that are based on the idea of the relationship between a whole and its parts. Two or more parts, when combined, make a whole. Basic structures begin with additive reasoning and then progress through to multiplicative reasoning. Once you know the structure, you can solve the problem! Read more »

## A lesson in mathematics lessons - update from Project IMPULS

Thanks to Belle Cottingham for this guest blog post on her recent trip to Japan. Belle is a participant of Project IMPULS 2017 and one of the authors of Rising Stars Mathematics.

I have just come back from Japan having been lucky enough to be selected to take part in Project IMPULS, a two week immersion programme designed to give an insight into the learning practices adopted in Japan and methods utilised to enhance learning experiences for all participants. Read more »

## Dear Doctor...An activity for overcoming misconceptions in maths

This post from teacher and inspector, John Dabell, addresses key misconceptions in maths and suggests an effective activity to overcome them.