We've been using number talks a lot in the classroom, sometimes they are warm-ups for the lesson and sometimes they shape a whole lesson and more. This lesson started with what I thought would be a quick multiplication number talk. When I presented them with this multiplication one student tried to use the compensation strategy in the same … Continue reading Compensation strategy number talk

## Splitting the Bill

Every time the bill arrives in a restaurant 'maths anxiety' kicks in with a chorus of, 'Don't show me the bill - I'm rubbish at maths'. It fascinates me how often this is announced. And almost with a sense of pride. The meal didn't start with proud exclamations of, 'Don't show me the menu - I'm rubbish at reading!' So why … Continue reading Splitting the Bill