So, in a flash of inspiration as I try to prettify my classroom ready for September I came up with this. A little crowdsourcing of ideas on Twitter and I’ve managed to create a nice little display. Thanks to everyone who gave me inspiration (and taught me a few new words!).
There are close to 60 words in the two files so plenty for an academic year or probably enough to last you the two years with a Key Stage 4 class without repeats. There’s a mix of words they’ll need to know as part of the curriculum alongside some lovely geekery.
I’ve tried to pupil speak the definitions but if you see any glaring errors or typos please let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
You can download the files here.
So the ever lovely Emma Bell created this hashtag over on Twitter (read about her epiphany here). This is something I’m pretty sure we all do every year but anyway it got me thinking about what my Teacher Pledge(s) would be for this academic year. Most of them are quite selfishly about looking after me; nothing is more important than work-life balance particularly in a job like ours where the to-do list is NEVER done.
If you were at my YSJ training today and want to access my presentation on T&L resources for Maths you can download it here.
As requested by some tweeters I’m going to blog a little about iDoceo which is a teachers planner & mark book app which I’ve been using for the last academic year.
A dice (preferably 0-9)
A competitive class
How it works
This was introduced to me as a place value game for low ability. They write 5 boxes in a row (to represent a 5 digit number) and a bin. You roll the die 6 times. Each number must be put in either a box or the bin as soon as it is called. Aim is to make the biggest/ smallest/ closest to a predetermined value.
I’ve used this for a variety of topics with the same premise. One number “in the bin” in all cases. All that changes in each case is how many boxes and the layout
– written methods
– four rules with fractions
– powers/ rules of indices
– solving equations.
I’ll pad this post out with some sketches as soon as I can but I wanted to explain to the people following #mathscpdchat tonight 😃
This is a post about gimmicks; more specifically little tricks to aid pupils remembering “methods”. Its grown from a tweet put out about a month ago by a genuinely curious NQT. This is my campaign for why such tricks should be eradicated from our classrooms.
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.
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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’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.