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Teaching Mental Maths

Teaching Mental Maths

Teaching Mental Maths

Successful Numeracy Teaching includes an effective mental maths program. Unfortunately many numeracy programs focus on drill and kill rote recall of facts rather than taking a strategy focus which results in poor results for many students. Even more alarming is the damage that this approach can do to confidence, self esteem and mindset.

Many mental maths programs are heavily weighted in rote and recall which causes math anxiety and a fixed mindset about learning maths. Students who experience this type of mental maths teaching rely on their memory to recall number facts rather than understanding. When the memory becomes overloaded then facts cannot be recalled which results in embarrassment or humiliation and the feeling that they are “Not A Maths Person.” Good Mental Maths programs should include a balance of:

  • Explicit teaching of a range of strategies
  • Opportunity to practice strategies
  • Opportunity for Fluency

Here are some great classroom ideas and activities for your maths classroom:


Teaching Numeracy With Muffin Tin Maths



Number Fact Fluency – Roll, Dot & Write Dice Activities



Top 5 Mental Maths Tips



Number Recognition – I Spy 0-10


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  1. […] of multiplication facts. This classroom activity also encouraged students to use their range of Mental Maths strategies to solve a range of different maths problems.  If you want to save time prepping, […]

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