I hope you are enjoying the Easter weekend.

Yesterday, I was putting together a free download to show parents the sorts of resources we use to support the times tables. Whilst I was going back through old posts and files, I found a summary of a conversation I had with a mum a couple a couple of years ago.

This is what I wanted to share with you as this week’s Monday’s Memories:

“Remember what we might consider to be fun may not work for the next person.

I was speaking to someone though and she was recollecting how she was taught her times tables at school. Her teacher probably thought it was a great way to make learning them a fun and memorable event. For her it was memorable but for all the wrong reasons:

She was a shy child and as an adult is still introverted. For her, learning the tables consisted of the teacher standing at the front of his class. He would shout someone’s name out randomly and throw a bean bag at them whilst calling out a times table question. This person would have to stand up, catch the bean bag and answer the question in front of the class. For her (and I think it would have been for me as well in all honesty) this was a traumatic experience that haunts her to this day. Not a memory that she recollects with fondness and a smile…”

If you would like a copy of the download, please do let me know and I’ll happily send it across to you.

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In the meantime, have a lovely Easter weekend and speak soon.

Warm wishes


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