### WE SAT DOWN WITH CAITLIN MAHONY, CONTENT WRITER AT MACHINAM TO FIND THIS OUT AND MORE!

**What is the one thing we must get right in education**

We need to focus on educating in the present.

All too often the conversation about education sounds like:

- “what will students be?”
- “how will this get them a job?” and
- “what will they need in the future?”

These are all important considerations, but to educate a student we need to see them as who they are today:

- “what are their interests?”
- “what inspires them?” and
- “how is this relevant?”

**Where do you get inspiration to create real world content? **

Maths is everywhere, you just need to know where to look! I get inspired by the mundane, the stuff we see, do and think every day because mathematics has the power to give us a new perspectives and new insights.

**What is something that a teacher or parent could do tomorrow to encourage students in maths?**

Fold some paper! It may sound simple, but a folding paper can be a fascinating mathematical exploration for all ages. For younger kids, it’s a great way to have a conversation about fractions, and for older students there is interesting implications for exploring exponential growth!

If you had a piece of paper big enough, how many times would you have to fold it in half for its height to reach the moon?

Have a guess then watch this video to find the answer.

**What you are loving right now**

- Watching: David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II and Forensic Files
- Listening to: Childish Gambino’s 2016 album Awaken, My Love
- Reading: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo