Who We Are

The concept of BushMaths is to create opportunities for learners and teachers to learn more about the distinctive nature of mathematics, and the beauty and simplicity thereof, combined with a bush experience where possible to improve their awareness and knowledge of conserving our unique environment.

The central teaching and learning approach of BushMaths is based on getting participants to understand the notation and terminology of mathematics concepts they work with at school and to equip participants with the necessary understanding and thinking skills to liberate them from needing to memorise pages of rules and laws. While there are a number of mathematical conventions that we need to know, mastering the meaning of these conventions, terminology and notation builds a stronger foundation than memorising rules. This in turn often builds one’s confidence, enjoyment of and performance in mathematics. Being able to offer this to participants in a bush context can also lead to a more positive attitude towards the subject and conservation.
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Meet Dr. Hannah Barnes

Hi, I am Hannah and I live and work in the bush and teach maths. Hence BushMaths was born. I have been teaching maths for 25 years and still enjoy this learning process. Come and join me. 

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5 days ago

BushMaths

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. ...

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3 weeks ago

BushMaths

Last day to register for Maths Grade 12 weekend workshop. Registrations close on 26 September. ...

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4 weeks ago

BushMaths

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! ...

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