Musings (Some Mathematical) with Ann Williams

Ann Williams has taught Maths over a period of about 30 years. She has taught in 3 different countries – the UK, Australia and Samoa. She has taught in a variety of schools – all boys, all girls and mixed. She has taught in both private and State schools – all boarding, all day and both day and boarding schools. Whilst teaching, Ann held a number of Lead teacher positions, including Head of Maths, Faculty Head, Year Level Co-ordinator and Co-ordinator of Life Skills.

Since retiring, she has tutored a number of children, some of whom have dyscalculia, and has now completed a Masters in Education – her area of interest being dyscalculia. She also frequently leads information evenings and professional developments to further understanding of dyscalculia and low numeracy – including at Kids Like Us. Watch this space for news!

This blog is Ann’s outlet to talk about all things maths, dyslexia and ‘other stuff’, exploring new ideas and giving useful insights.

Latest blog – Top Ten Tips to Find a Tutor

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is ‘How do I find a good tutor?’  Parents want to do the best for their children particularly if the children have a Specific learning Disorder (SLD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia or dysgraphia, or a combination of all of them.

Finding a good tutor for your child is not going to be easy: Some parents have unrealistic expectations, are looking for a ‘silver bullet’ or a ‘cure’.  There is no cure, just a lot of hard work.

The hard work is going to be done by your child, you only have to provide your hard-earned dollars. The money invested in a tutor can be a major investment, but your child is going to invest far more in terms of blood, sweat, tears and self-esteem.

When any large investment like a house or a car people usually need to do some research, so how much more important is your child? You need to do some research.

For instance, when buying a car, would you say to your friend? ‘Can you recommend a car for me to buy?’ Your friend might say ‘I think my Honda Jazz is great, you should get one.’ But you have a dog so need a wagon. All kids are different but kids with SLDs are very different. You need to do some research.

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