Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Understanding Concepts

I think maths is an easy subject. I heard someone on TV today who said they were very critical of themselves when they wrote something. There is nothing wrong with a bit of self-criticism but you can gain a lot of confidence if you are good at maths. It is the only school subject that I know of where pupils can consistently gain top marks. If you are writing something for an English class then there is always another word that may be more apt. The person who reads this blog may prefer the last sentence to read...there is always another word that may be better. However with maths nobody can say that your 1+1=2 is wrong or it could
be better.

There are many things that I like about maths, and one of them is that it is about understanding. If you know how to multiply then you can adapt it to the number of fish fingers needed for a meal, or it can be used for the number of litres of petrol that will fill the tank in the car. As soon as you understand the concept then it is there. You don't need to read a novel about multiplication. You don't need guidance notes. You don't need to interpret it, although there are usually a few ways to do things in maths. Understand the concept and the work is done.

That sums it up

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