I recently had a session with a grade 10 math student that made me think back to when I was in high school. I was going through a test with him that he didn’t do well on, and it was clear from the test that he had a fairly good understanding of the unit, but…

When I meet someone new and get asked what I do for a living, I’ve noticed that 9 out of 10 people go from smiling to cringing when they hear me say that I’m a high school math teacher. They then go on to tell me how much they disliked math when they were in…

The major reason why some students find math so challenging is because they lack prerequisite skills or a strong foundation in the subject. Math requires strong prior knowledge in order to grasp more complex concepts. It is like a house built of cards, if you remove a card that is near the foundation, the house…

I’ve often found that students that do poorly in math are over reliant on calculators. The inability or unwillingness to perform mental arithmetic and instead rely on a calculator is holding many students back from doing better in math. A major problem with the way math is taught to students in Ontario is that students…