I love breaking up teaching by showing a quick YouTube clip to enrich or enthuse pupils on a particular topic, to help cement key facts or just for a bit of light relief. Here is a collation of my favourites. If I’ve missed any leave me a comment! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s over a year since the first Leeds MathsJam, I was there and I’ve recently agreed to co-organise the Leeds events. So whats the deal? Read the rest of this entry »
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.
I took this idea from an INSET day we had with Barry Hymer (visit his website here – highly recommended for staff training, he’s done a few sessions with us and they’re always inspiring and full of practical advice) who has been doing a lot of training with us on the subject of open-mindsets. We need a specific, teaching and learning focus for our school’s co-coaching programme this year so I’ve gone with feedback and specifically the use of the “Meta Menu”.
I’ve adapted a Rich task on ratio I found on the East Midlands Maths page for our KS3 Scheme of Work recently. I’ve used this with pupils tackling in groups, although it could also be a paired activity.
I can’t praise the Bowland Maths resources enough. These projects are Mathematically Rich and help pupils develop excellent skills of problem solving and team work. I’ve used many of the activities before but this week I have been delivering the Highway Design project to my Year 9 group.
I’ve recently discovered the excellent Number Loving blog and resource site. If you’re a Twitterer, it’s creators @lauarareeshughes and @numberloving are well worth a follow. Lots of their resources have made their way into my KS3 Scheme of Work.
I came across a nice idea for a functional project on Surface area today which I intend to use this week with some Year 8 pupils working at NC Levels 5/6.
I’ve spent part of my day working on this problem, so thought I should blog about it.
A colleague had set an investigation for his Year 9 class to find the biggest tetrahedron that could be fit into a cube of side length 3cm. In itself, this is a nice problem which pupils attempted initially via trial and improvement before realising that they could incorporate some Pythagoras’ calculations to help. Pupils made models and hence practiced their skills of construction. Ace. Fantastic. Then another colleague who teaches the parallel Year 9 top set to me (NC levels 7a to 8a) began to think about how we could extend this task for our groups. That’s where it got more interesting…