## – TEACHERS AND/OR STUDENTS

**Misconception 1:**

- That maths is ‘Tricky’

**Misconception 2:**

- That there’s only one way to do subtraction

**Misconception 3:**

- That zero is worth nothing (money)

**Misconception 4:**

- That 347 is odd and even

**Misconception 5:**

- That three 4s is 7

**Misconception 6:**

- That maths is maths and literacy is literacy (key words/everyday connections/everything in your room)

**Misconception 7:**

- That 7 into 4 (45) doesn’t go

**Misconception 8:**

- That tables are the most important thing in maths

**Misconception 9:**

- that fraction/decimals/percentages are hard and should be taught separately

**Misconception 10:**

- That 9999 + 1 is a million (addonemore)

**Misconception 11:**

- That I/3 is smaller than 1/5 (metre ruler/netball court)

**Misconception 12:**

- That 0.5 is the same as 0.05 (money/metre ruler)

**Misconception 13:**

- That numbers are scary and the ‘boss of me’ (brackets)

**Misconception 14:**

- Algebra is so abstract and hard to understand

**Misconception 15:**

- That you must always have a focus group (open-ended activities and problems)

**Misconception 16:**

- That area is the same as perimeter

**Misconception 17:**

- That Friday is problem solving day

**Misconception 18:**

- That it’s enough to say 2D and 3D and not know what it means

**Misconception 19:**

- That volume and capacity are hard

**Misconception 20:**

- That maths is not as important as Literacy and it’s okay to not be good at

maths.

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