This could be you ...

(when teaching equations)

  • Success

    Your students are wildly LOVING solving equations - even those who usually struggle - because they are experiencing lots of success!

  • "Please ... show me your method!"

    Students beg you to show them your favourite method for solving equations as soon as they reach the more difficult equations. (You read that correctly ... they BEG YOU!)

  • Engagement

    Your students are WAY more engaged than usual.

  • Save time!

    You save 2-4 lessons over the duration of a typical 10-12 lesson unit (compared to a traditional equations unit).

Tutorial Contents

    1. 210 Teaching Equations Can Be Perilous!

    2. 220 Here's where a typical equations unit goes south!

    3. 230 The #1 Reason Students Resist Learning YOUR Algebraic Method

    1. 310 The Need-Levels-Choice Approach To Teaching The Solving Of Equations (Video)

    2. 320 Three Keys That Make The Need-Levels-Choice A Winner*

    3. 330 Notes From The Video

    4. 340 Download the 5-levels of equations here

    5. 350 The Need-Levels-Choice Approach Will Save You Time!

    6. 360 It's not about the method, but ...

    7. 370 Demystifying The Algebraic Method For Solving Equations* (Video)

    1. 410 Your Implementation Report*

    2. 420 We'd Love Your Feedback ... *

    3. 430 A Final Word ...

About this course

  • $40.00
  • 20 lessons


“After 40 odd years of teaching, one may think that there is not much new to learn when it comes to “how to teach Maths”. When I saw this mini-course on equations, I jumped at the opportunity of a new way to look at teaching solving of equations. I am big on student engagement, so anything that is going to help me to help the students to get the most out of my lessons is a good idea, and I was not disappointed at the outcomes. Although I have taught equations along similar lines in the past, this course took me a step or two further in connecting with the students where they are in their understanding and to then give them a deeper understanding which leads to success and fulfilment. I highly recommend this course.”

Rosemary Jacobitz, Northside Christian College, QLD, Feb 2022.

“ I used the Need-Levels-Choice approach this week with my 10.2 class as a means of revision. One of my lower ability students really had no clue, initially, on the Level 1 equations. So I just asked her prompting questions such as 4 plus how many will give you 7? Then I gave her lots of questions as support for the Level 3 and 4 equations. Just before class finished yesterday (our second lesson) she attempted a level 5 question! I stood by her and just asked what she needed to do next to make sure she was on the right track. Last year I spent 4 lessons on revision (a saving of 2 lessons this year with this approach) and am certain this girl would not have managed the level 4-5 equations! ”

Natalia Curline, Nowra Christian School, March 2022


  • How long will he tutorial take?

    You will need to spend 30-45 minutes to gain the most from the tutorial plus some extra time to prepare yourself to implement the approach.

  • I'm an experienced teacher. How likely am I to want to implement the approach in the tutorial?

    As long as you are open to new strategies that 'change the game', then you'll want to adopt this approach!


Richard Andrew

Hi! I’m Richard. I’ve been delivering PD to teachers since 2007 - after twenty-plus years in the classroom, six as a Department Head. My main PD thrust is to support teachers to improve their ability to foster agency and understanding in students. This is because we only shine as mathematics teachers when our students demonstrate agency ... when students assume ownership through experiencing a sense of control over their learning. I've always been fascinated by the craft of teaching maths. I have a knack for presenting complex pedagogical ideas in easy-to-follow ways, and in the absence of edu-babble.