Challenging some commonly held myths
I would like to challenge some commonly held myths.
You have to be fast to be a good mathematician.
If this were the case then I would not qualify as a good mathematician. My skills in this subject have always been based more around problem-solving and an understanding of techniques used. It is true that speed of recall helps to build confidence and improve basic number skills, but in order to become more advanced this needs to be balanced with an analytical consideration of the situation. We do not have to be the fastest in order to become excellent at mathematics. This is why a range of skills and techniques are included in our balanced curriculum.
Children should read challenging texts.
Reading is about far more than being able to decipher the words on the page. Children need to be able to comprehend and relate to what they are decoding. The written word should test their ability but it should be within
their maturity level to understand the overall story and the context therein. Particularly at junior level we aim to foster enthusiasm for reading, rather than just a mechanical process that leads to an end.
My daughter is always well behaved; she will be the same online.
Children can often exhibit a completely different personality via social media, message boards or in chatrooms. The distance that is created by being behind a piece of technology can have implications that we would not recognise in our daughters. They can often be extremely naive in their actions and need to be monitored and helped in this complex digital world. My main pieces of advice for parents is to continually discuss agreed parameters and never allow phones/tablets/laptops in bedrooms overnight.