Hilary has just returned from snow, sparkling sunshine and stimulating speakers. This was the JUMP math conference in Toronto. JUMP is a program designed by John Mighton who was concerned about student Math achievement resulting from commonly used school Math programmes. JUMP is used for a number of children here at Hilslearning and we feel it is effective for children who ‘believe’ they cannot do Math! The phrase that repeatedly rang through my head as a result of the conference was from John Mighton’s book The End of Ignorance. Many people believe that the individual has a certain aptitude for Math but he maintains “This gene (for Math) seems to come with an expiry date, though, and most people can remember the year it gave out-when they had a particularly bad experience with the subject.” We like and agree with his optimism!