What must we get right in education?

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