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Posted on September 20, 2017

Multiplication-Table

Wow! Phonics v Word Recognition! AGAIN??

And in Maths — Teaching Tables v Mathematical Understanding!! AGAIN??

Do we never learn? Can we EVER recognise that our literacy and numeracy teaching approaches are NOT BIPOLAR! They’re NOT either/or! They’re NOT “black and white”.

Yes, there REALLY IS GREY HERE!

Surely we’re ALL better than this. Surely we can’t let this debate rage on, year after year.

Unresolved. Divisive! Inconclusive!

So . . . Let’s get the best of each of these approaches and use them in a BALANCED way to help our students master literacy and maths.

It’s time for teachers to be ALLOWED TO DO THEIR JOB TO THE BEST OF THEIR ABILITIES.

It’s time for the “Heavies” to step aside, and to allow teachers to use their intuition and their teaching expertise to get the very positive results we all want: the “Holy Grail” of education.

As the saying goes . . . “Does that make sense?”