Arithmetricks Workshop

7 October 2017

Title:  Arithmetricks Workshop

Presenter: Rob Eastaway

Date: 7th October 2017

Time:  10.00-12.30

Summary:  According to a statistic that I just made up, only 1% of school leavers can square the number 29 in their head. Well why would they need to? They have a calculator to do that. Thanks to calculators and spreadsheets, mental arithmetic has become something of a forgotten art., the poor relation of mathematics, which is now almost completely ignored in post-16 education. (This explains why school-leavers are often far less fluent at arithmetic than Year 6 children).

This workshop is a chance to try out and share arithmetic methods and short-cuts ancient and modern – and to remind yourself that arithmetic can enrich understanding of deeper mathematical ideas.

Why attend? Partly because there are times when being able to work out 223 divided by 17 in your head can be useful - and partly just for the fun of it.

Venue Address:  The Institute of Education, Main Building, Room 822, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.  (Not the usual room this time.)

Branch Contact name/email:  Please email any enquiries to Chris Olley . 

Note:  We cover our costs with a £10 fee for individuals and £20 for the whole of your department and this is for the whole year including the conference! Teachers in training of all types are free.