Maths Balance is a Must!

The sense that the equal sign  “=” means that the two sides are balanced is the most key concept in Maths.  The golden rule in manipulating maths is:

” What you do to one side you to do the other”.  I find this concept is poorly understood even by middle ability y11 students; this leads me to believe that the concept has not been introduced strongly enough at primary or KS3.

I think that one of the key pieces of equipment is therefore is balancing arm.  I like this simple balancing arm from Hanson http://www.handson.co.uk/primary-resources-maths/mathematical-balance.html which is only £9.99. Four of these for a class is a good investment.

Mathematical Balance

Published by makingpi

Our interest is to create a brilliant practical applied maths programme for teaching students who struggle with engaging in Maths. Our interests range from building bridges to making beautiful silver objects.

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