Have a look at this inspiring video by Jo Boaler on YouCubed:
This is a fantastic illustration of why asking children HOW they get their answer is the key to developing number sense and mental agility.
By sharing different mental strategies and modelling visual representations we can help children understand how we can break numbers up and why different methods work, rather than just following a process without understanding.
As Jo Boaler says in the video, “maths is a creative and flexible subject” and we can teach children this by valuing all the different ways they think about numbers and solve problems!
Hope this interests and inspires you – and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and New Year!