How to turn parents into fans of maths mastery
Emma Cate Stokes tells Tes how her school transformed number-phobic mums and dads into arithmetic enthusiasts who now have enough understanding of the mastery approach to be able to support their children’s learning
As hard as schools try to make maths less scary, it is frequently approached with fear and anxiety. This often takes the form of jokey dismissals and exclamations of “I just can’t do it”. But when this is a message coming from parents, not just pupils, the effect can be particularly damaging.
When this occurred at their primary school, Emma Cate Stokes and her colleagues decided to take matters into their own hands and give mathematically reluctant families a way to engage with the subject, removing the obstacles that were preventing them from supporting children with their learning. She ...