Activities to build and enhance students’ mental skills with arithmetic
All too often, once students are allowed to use a calculator in their maths studies, they rely on it for all calculations in the mistaken belief that they will get the answer more quickly than they would through mental methods. Yet the truth is quite the opposite: with strong mental arithmetic skills, students focus on the important concepts rather than getting bogged down by calculations. Mind Your Maths is designed to build those skills, prompting students to step back and think about what a question is really asking – and then to answer it confidently and efficiently.
While recognising that students need a calculator for certain topics such as trigonometry, the activities in this book deepen students’ insight into just how much arithmetic they can do successfully without one. They also set timeframes for completion so that students work on their speed as an essential component of effective mental arithmetic. Topics cover integers, fractions, decimals and percentages, emphasising the practice of operations such as powers of numbers and finding the square root and cube roots of fractions and decimals.
As well as setting up students for a satisfying and successful experience of maths at school, these skills will endure to help students perform essential calculations in everyday life.
Age Suitability: 12-15+