Prompted both by the below tweet from Dr Emma Kell and the replies to a tweet I put out last night saying I didn’t have a problem with receiving work related emails in the holiday, I thought I’d write my first blog post of 2020 – in fact my first post in ages. So here are my ramblings on workload, wellbeing and maintaining a decent work-life balance.
Today I rolled out one of my favourite revision activities with one of my Year 11 group; using visual prompts. I’m always amazed how well these lessons go, so thought it was worth blogging about. I can take no credit for coming up with idea, I magpied it several years ago and have been using it ever since with groups of all abilities.
These lessons are super easy to prep as long as you’re prepared to “go with the flow” in terms of how the lesson progresses. The concept is simple;
1) Provide pupils with a diagram they may see on a GCSE paper
2) Ask them to jot down questions they may be asked about the diagram
3) Share these questions as a class and summarise on the board
4) Working in pairs or teams attempt to answer all the questions, which are possible? Are any impossible to answer? Why? What other information would you need before you could answer them?
5) I adapt questions as pupils contribute to refine the wording which you can see in green in the photo below
6) To tie the lesson together, I get pupils to answer the actual original exam question individually
The problems I am using here can be found here. The lovely Suffolk Maths also has sets which you can find here (just below Keyword Scrabble).
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.
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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.