**Name:** Andrew Old

**Twitter name:** @oldandrewuk

**Sector:** Secondary

**Subject taught (if applicable):** Maths

**Position:** Teacher

**What is your advice about?** Teaching Maths

1: Do not attempt to teach “conceptual understanding” of something unless you have first checked with somebody with a maths degree that *you* understand it.

2: Practice is the key to fluency. While questions should get harder, never shy away from setting dozens of questions on the same thing.

3: Sort out the basics first: time tables, number bonds and the standard algorithms.

4: There usually is one best way to solve a problem, so teach it and ask students to stick to it until they are good at it.

5: Teach algebra like it is a language, not a set of methods. Explain what is meant by “=”, “solve”, “expressions”, “term”, “find”, “substitute”, “rearrange”, simplify” etc.

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