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 »
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 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…
I love using Johnny Griffith’s Rich Starting Points with A-Level groups; they are self differentiating by outcome and any KS5 student can get something out of getting their teeth into them.
As a new teacher of Further Maths A-Level I’m finding it quite frustrating that there is a lack of interactive Tarsia/ matching card activities out there (unless I’m looking in the wrong places – if so please leave a comment…) so I’m making my own.