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**Here’s the BIG QUESTION:****…………………………………**

**Is our maths teaching too safe?**

**Does this risk-averse teaching not only make maths boring, but encourage MATHS PHOBIA in children?**

Pam Kent, President SAPPA

**Pam Kent, President of the South Australian Primary Principals Association (SAPPA) writes that ‘risk-averseness looms large’ in teaching today, yet ‘current research strongly supports the notion of risk taking for effective learning’.**

**This research includes work by Ellen Sandseter, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Queen Maud Uni College, Norway.**

**Sandseter claims that children are born to take risks and this is how they learn to deal with such things as fear of heights. (See: Can playgrounds be to safe? John, Tierney, New York Times, 18 JUL 2011) If children do not tackle a fear of heights, say, they can develop a phobia.**

**To tackle Maths Phobia Mathspig has written a list of**

**to get them:…………****,…………………………………………**

***outdoors…………..****,…………………………………………**

***thinking mathematically in the real world,**

**and *expose them to higher level maths………………..**

**Take No 21. Kids get this. As you get further and further away from the candle the sphere gets bigger so the brightness decreases. They don’t have to do the maths. But tell them ‘This is university maths, but very interesting’.**

**As for No 37: How do you break your teeth playing pool? Well, if you leave your hand on the pool table or lean on the cushion the ball can cannon off the opposite cushion and run back up your arm and smash your teeth. (Ref. Mathspig’s brother)**

**Cheerio**

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