I have always been passionate and fascinated with maths, my job revolves around the subject, but I'm not an educator. Today I met the 8 year old son of a friend, I had the opportunity to speak to him for only a few mins, in that time he told me he hated maths at school and he didn't see the point of it.
I wanted to say something that would inspire him, but I was stumped, as the examples that I was thinking of in the moment were too complicated/abstract for an 8 year old, and especially one that appears to have no interest in maths.
He's football (soccer) mad, so I'm trying to think up related examples to show him that maths is more than learning times tables, in a manner he can grasp.
I really want to do our subject justice, and at least give this little boy some inspiration - and who knows it might change his mind on the subject.
I'm sure I'll have the opportunity to meet him again in the future and I'd love to be armed with things I can say - only a few sentences, that could really help to make him think more about maths.
Thanks in advance!