Education Minister Visits Schools in Shanghai

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Nick Gibb the former Schools Minister believes that children may be falling behind children from the Eastern territories because they did not learn basic arithmetic times tables by heart. Because of recent efforts made to try different teaching methods in the classroom, to test different responses from children and to make learning more engaging for them, there has been a decline in the use of mental arithmetic and rote learning in the classroom.

It has been claimed that because of this decline, pupils have been struggling to understand the basic mathematical concepts. With practice and repetition, similar to the method used in learning a musical instrument, children can learn mental arithmetic and other maths to heart, which commits methods to their long term memory.

[redbox] math blogEducation minister Elizabeth Truss visited a collection of primary and secondary schools in Shanghai in February and in contrast to the claims Gibb has made, found that it was not the method of teaching that produced such good results, but the instant feedback between a teacher and his/her pupils. Students would receive graded homework instantly, with feedback given on their progress during lessons in the form of discussion.

Teachers engaged with the children and encouraged class discussions, with arithmetic examples increasing in difficulty across the course of the lesson. There is a great focus on one to one support to ensure that no child falls behind and this may be the problem with schools in the UK, as more and more pressure is put on teachers to handle larger classes.

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