My top set Year 10 told me about this app in passing, I was curious so I hastily downloaded it. This blog post is titled review but I am completely on the fence as to whether this is technology at its best or an absolute pain in every Maths teacher’s backside.
At the moment both me and the colleague I joint plan with have ITE students teaching our Year 10 top sets for 3 out of 4 contacts a week. In the remaining lesson we’re teaching them a mixture of geeky enrichment and Level 2 Further Maths. I’ve been wanting to try some of Dan Meyer’s 3 Acts activities for a long time so a few weeks ago we dived in with both feet and gave one a go. My class loved it and left asking “can we do another activity like that, Miss” and “that’s proper Maths that is!”
On Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited to a course that Ed Southall was running for his ITE students at Huddersfield Uni. This was being led by Don Steward. If you’re sat there reading this and saying “who?” you need to go and look at his excellent MEDIAN website which is full to the brim of challenging and rich activities ready for use in the classroom. Why are you still here? Go. And. Look. You back? I know! The best thing since sliced bread, right? No need to thank me. Needless to say Saturday was amazing so I wanted to jot down some thoughts.
Thought I’d blog a little about some ideas that I’ve been using with Year 11. None of these are original ideas; most are stolen from fabulous people who tweet and/ or blog but tweaked to suit the needs of my group.
T’is the season to be jolly/ bah humbug [delete as appropriate] so I thought I’d do a topical post of my favourite resources for the festive season.
This Saturday saw the second National Maths Conference in Kettering hosted by Mark McCourt (@emaths) and La Salle Education, sponsored by AQA. It was great to catch up with what are quickly becoming old friends & meet some lovely, inspirational people who have only previously existed in the form of Twitter avatars. They’re real!.
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.
My go-to sites for planning. Wonderful people sharing wonderful resources. The best of the time-savers!
The next in my series of posts about my top resources and ideas for teaching by topic. This week, Probability.