Back in November, I wrote about the maths lessons I ran when we had no power. I spoke about them at the MathsConf8 speed dating too, and found there was lots of interest in the idea.
If you ask my teacher trainees on day one of the course what they are most concerned about, the winning answer is behaviour.
It was about this time last year that I had to take part in The Big Timetable Meeting. This was the meeting where I successfully argued that there was no way that I was going to be able to deliver all that new subject content to the new cohort if I stuck to the old timetable. I needed … Continue reading What does it matter if students have less creative subjects in their timetable?
There is loads of maths in science. We know that science involves loads of formulae as well as manipulations and practical applications of the maths we teach in maths lessons. But I don’t really know what science teachers are doing with maths, or how they are doing it. For students to make good progress in … Continue reading How I wish I’d taught the Maths in my science lessons
In this blog, I want to share some of the great adaptations I’ve seen for maths questions. This was the theme for my session at a recent conference, where I tried to squeeze as many adaptations into the session as possible, like an over-enthusiastic smoothie maker! Up front I need to say, these are things … Continue reading Now that is a great question
Most schools set their students in or around Year 7 but there is still a large number of teachers who choose not to, some of whom are quite vocal on their reasoning. See mixed attainment maths, for example. We discussed it in a recent #mathschat too, when we looked at plans for next year’s Year 7. … Continue reading should we set pupils in year 7?
In summer, I had the pleasure of accompanying some students on a school trip to Europe. Mr Mattock kindly stepped in to look after #mathschat while I was away. This is a blog that I’ve had on the back burner since then. While we were waiting at a public travel hub in France (a place … Continue reading A conversation about conversions
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I've written a lot about great teaching ideas or great assessment ideas that I've seen in action when visiting school and teachers. This term I have been visiting my training teachers in their placement schools and stumbled across a fantastic idea for teaching formulae. Allow me to introduce the formula bucket. Trainee teachers have both the benefit and … Continue reading Learning formula just takes a bucket.