Dive in to save your learners from maths denial

“I just can’t do maths, Miss.” How many times have I heard this complaint from one of my students? Too many to count. This time, however, I have the perfect comeback.

“We’re not doing maths today.

We’re doing something else,” I tell the learner.

Unfortunately, maths denial – in which students believe they simply aren’t capable of “doing” maths – is all too common. In society as a whole, it seems broadly acceptable to admit that you can’t do maths, in a way that it would never be acceptable to admit that you can’t “do reading”.

It is crucial that we overcome this attitude if we are to support our students to achieve their potential. We know

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