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More Thinking, Less Rules
BushMaths aims to improve the enjoyment and understanding of mathematics through offering a fresh approach that involves more thinking and less rules. It also aims to merge conservation and bush experiences with improving the learning of mathematics.
"Such a fun teacher - she makes maths come naturally."
"My experience with Hannah at BushMaths has been absolutely incredible. She is able to explain concepts in an easily understandable way yet also in a practical sense. Such a fun teacher and she makes the learning and absorbing of maths come naturally. I have her to thank for my matric mathematics result. I highly recommend her!"
-Taylor (Grade 12 : 2016)
Southern Cross College
"Someone who truly has passion for maths - her knowledge and understanding is awesome."
"I am grateful to have had help from someone who truly has passion for maths. Extra lessons really pushed me to never give up on maths. Her knowledge and understanding is awesome; she gets to the root of your struggle and helps you stop doing careless mistakes. I recommend anyone to get lessons from Hannah at BushMaths as early as possible."
-Cassie (Grade 12 : 2016)
Southern Cross College
"I gained a lot... to assist me as a math teacher"
"The workshop was excellent, the facilitator is an expert in maths. I gained a lot. I appreciate every effort put to assist me as a maths teacher."
-Intermediate phase teachers in Green Valley and Hluvukani, Mpumalanga
It is so important for kids to understand that a number is so much more than a "name label". Each number has a value and unless a learner makes the connection between the name label and the value of a number, they will struggle to gain any further feeling for mathematics. The same is true for mathematical symbols and their meaning. If a young learner does not understand what the "+" symbol in mathematics indicates, they cannot make meaning from a calculation such as 3 + 4. At BushMaths our goal is to make sure learners make these necessary connections so that maths makes sense to them through a natural feeling they develop for the numbers and the symbols. We see too much maths being practiced in schools without meaning, simply guided by rules that are imposed upon the learners in the hope they will remember them and apply them correctly. Maths is a creative, dynamic system and learners should have the opportunity to experience it as such and the learning thereof as an adventure and not a chore. ...
Dr Hannah Barnes from BushMaths recently hosted another capacity building workshop for maths teachers in our area. It was a full house with everyone attending eager to learn new skills and improve their teaching practice. Improved maths is on the way! ...