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Calculators for the New A Level
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Calculators for the New A Level

In September over 100 students at my school will be starting the new A level course. I’ve been trying to find out exactly what calculator they will need and how they can get the best deal.

I’ll say upfront that I am most definitely not a calculator person. Some maths teachers get really excited about calculators. I don’t. I lost my lovely 20-year-old calculator last year so bought the Casio

5 Maths Gems #72
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5 Maths Gems #72

Welcome to my 72nd gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. Solve Me Puzzles
Back in Gems 17 I shared the excellent Mobiles problems on solveme.edc.org. People got quite excited about these at the time. Thanks to a recent tweet from Daniel Finkel (@MathforLove), I discovered that this website has expanded. The new section, Who Am I?, 

Book now for #summaths
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Book now for #summaths

I really enjoyed running #christmaths events in 2015 and 2016 but this year I’m doing something a bit different. My annual social and enrichment event for maths teachers has moved to the summer holidays!

#summaths will take place on the Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend. It’s just before most of us start the new school year, so perfect timing to be inspired.

If you’ve never been to

Boomerang can help your workload and productivity
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Boomerang can help your workload and productivity

Continuing my series of secret #edtech weapons I wanted to share today a productivity tool which really does help if you are a Gmail user, which of course, so many of us are. One of the biggest things that can impact on our productivity is our email. Now there are lots…
And they’re back in the game…
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And they’re back in the game…

If you missed the Microsoft update event this past week then you missed something I think could have marked a changing of the guard. You can watch it again here. Just like I’m sure there were things to learn from the dad-dancing at the launch event of Windows 95, the slow…
#mathscpdchat – Year 7 Topics
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#mathscpdchat – Year 7 Topics

I’m hosting #mathscpdchat between 7pm and 8pm on Tuesday 9th May. We’ll be discussing what topics are taught in Year 7, and in what order. To join in the discussion, please tweet your thoughts, making sure you include the hashtag #mathscpdchat in your tweet. I’d love to see a screenshot of your school’s Year 7 curriculum and hear what works well and what doesn’t.

To start us off, here are a few

IT’s about teaching and learning!
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IT’s about teaching and learning!

Earlier today I was paid a compliment by Amjad Ali who runs the ‘trythisteaching‘ website. He said to both Abdul Chohan and I that he would love the opportunity to work with us both: In the tech arena, @ICTEvangelist and @Abdulchohan 🙂 https://t.co/qPsK0Uxn2O — Amjad Ali (@ASTsupportAAli) May 2, 2017…
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Schools Week Article

I wrote an opinion piece for Schools Week – do have a read and let me know what you think.

In his dream to build a country of mathematicians, Gove might have done more harm than good, says @mathsjem https://t.co/LRRZCEe403
— Schools Week (@SchoolsWeek) 1 May 2017

This follows on from my article about maths teacher shortages and the new GCSE that was published in Schools Week in December

My favourite thing ON my iPad
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My favourite thing ON my iPad

In my series of secret #edtech weapons, for my third post I thought I would share the amazing G-Hold that I have on my iPad. I was approached some time in 2016 by Alison Grieve on Twitter. She had developed a product to go onto your tablet which she called…
Structured Revision Lessons
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Structured Revision Lessons

Revision season is upon us! I mainly teach exam classes (Year 11, 12 and 13) so exam preparation is currently a big focus for me. For Year 12 I feel a sense of urgency – I only finished teaching the C2 specification yesterday and their C1 exam is fast approaching. Eek.

Thankfully I finished teaching my Year 11s the GCSE specification at the end of last term, leaving me a good 20 lessons for

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