5 Maths Gems #57

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This is my 57th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. If you’re not a tweeter, or if you’re wondering whether you’ve missed anything, here’s a summary of some of the latest ideas and resources for teaching maths.

1. Artful Maths

Clarissa Grandi (@c0mplexnumber) has created the delightful website artfulmaths.com. It provides resources and inspiration so that children can experience the beauty of mathematics. There’s a large section on how to deliver arty maths lessons on topics such as Celtic Knotwork, Mazes and Labyrinths, and Insect Symmetry. There’s also display ideas for maths classrooms, guidance on running an origami club, recommendations of puzzle games and lots more. Do check it out.

2. GCSE Paper 2

This gem has a limited shelf life but is still worth sharing for those of you who see (or email) your Year 11s between now and their second GCSE paper on Thursday. Numerous helpful teachers have created ‘best guess’ papers for the upcoming exam, based on the topics that came up in Paper 1. Superstar Emma Bell (@EJmaths) has collated them here. The collection covers both Higher and Foundation for Edexcel, OCR and AQA. It’s well worth sharing the relevant papers with your students so they can focus their exam preparation on the topics that are most likely to be tested.

Some of these papers are from new website onmaths.com – this website instantly marks students’ answers so is particularly useful for independent study. Thanks to Nikki (@mathszest) for first making me aware of this website.

3. Odd + Odd

I just love this cute ‘proof‘ shared by @ProfSmudge.

4. Maths Quickies

The Twitter account @MathsMastery tweets a daily #MathsQuickie like the example shown below.

Thanks to Mark Greenaway (@suffolkmaths) for pulling together these questions (and their answers) in PDFs and PowerPoints – they can be downloaded here.



5. Parallel Lines

Don Steward has shared yet another fantastic resource on his wonderful blog Median. His PowerPoint and tasks for angles in parallel lines are excellent.

Update

If you’re doing any revision with GCSE, A level or Certificate of Further Maths students over the coming weeks, do check out my growing collection of revision clocks.

If you’re currently teaching Year 10 then you might be interested in my recent post: Useful GCSE Questions from Linked Pair Papers.

Tom Bennison’s summer event for A level teachers now has a website. The East Midlands KS5 Mathematics Day is on 9th August 2016 – it looks like an excellent event and I hope to see you there.

Have you signed @MathsMrCox‘s petition to show your opposition to the proposed Year 7 SATs resits yet? It’s important that we do whatever we can to make our views known, rather than stand back and grumble about bad decision making. Please sign!

I’ve had a lovely half term celebrating my youngest daughter’s second birthday. We were very lucky to benefit from a free trip to Legoland, in return for having a quick look at their maths school trips. I was hugely impressed by the workshop we saw (they got my 4 year old programming robots!) and will write a blog post about it soon. Although a family day out at Legoland is rather pricey, theschool trips are very reasonably priced.

I’ll leave you with this lovely puzzle from @YohakuPuzzle. Fill in the cells with different factors to get the products in each row/column.