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Bridging the Gap… Revisited
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Bridging the Gap… Revisited

Back in 2014 I wrote the post ‘Bridging the Gap to A Level’. The concerns and ideas I shared in that post are very much on my mind this summer, as we approach the start of the new linear A level.

Experienced A level teachers know that every year there are many students who find the transition from GCSE to A level very challenging indeed. It’s heartbreaking when a hardworking student struggles

What did I miss?
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What did I miss?

Hello summer! We made it.

What a year… During term time it can be hard to keep track of what’s going in maths education because we’re all too busy planning lessons, teaching and marking. The volume of mock marking this year was insane, with many of us having to mark 200 GCSE papers. In this post I summarise some of the things that busy maths teachers might have missed during school year 2016/

Strength in Numbers
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Strength in Numbers

I’ve finally rejoined the Mathematical Association! It’s about time. I’ve not been a member since I was a trainee teacher. Over Easter I read a fascinating chapter on the history of maths education and was struck by this paragraph…

"The emphasis on Euclid, and a growing feeling that it was outdated and inappropriate, led in 1871 to
the creation of the Association for the Improvement of

Icons galore with this brilliant new add-in from the Noun Project
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Icons galore with this brilliant new add-in from the Noun Project

There’s one sure fire way of helping to bring your designs and documents to life and that is through the use of simple iconography. I wrote about the brilliant flaticon site in my secret edtech weapons post here. Always keeping something back for myself, I didn’t share the Noun Project’s…
The Folder Experiment… Revisited
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The Folder Experiment… Revisited

Back in October 2016 I wrote a post about how I was trialling folders instead of exercise books with Year 11. I promised I’d write a quick update at the end of the year, so here it is.

I’ve decided that I will be using folders with my Year 11s again next year, as I believe it was a successful trial. I’m not saying it had any impact on attainment – I’m not sure how I’d measure that – but it’s

Get your Pobble on!
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Get your Pobble on!

I’ve been a fan of Pobble for a long time now. I’m very much of the mindset that asking pupils to create meaningful writing that will be shared is a great way to engage young people in authentic and engaging writing. There are few things that given young people such…
5 Maths Gems #74
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5 Maths Gems #74

Welcome to my 74th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. Area Mazes
Two years ago I wrote about Area Mazes in Gems 36 . Last week Nicke (@NEdge9) told me about the lovely website areamaze.com which I’d never seen before. This simple, user-friendly website presents a series of increasingly difficult area mazes for students to work

JustMaths Conference 2017
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JustMaths Conference 2017

I love the summer term for CPD – I’ve been to two conferences in four days!

I’m very grateful to the JustMaths team for inviting me along to their first annual conference. I don’t normally attend events on school days, but because all my exam classes have left I didn’t need to set any cover for this one. It was a great idea to hold this conference after the end of the exam period.

I attend

#mathsconf10
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#mathsconf10

Yesterday I attended #mathsconf10 in sunny Essex. I’m very grateful to Mark McCourt and La Salle Education for another fantastic day of maths CPD and networking.

I started the day by meeting up with Lisa Winer, a math teacher from Florida who is visiting Europe for a couple of weeks. She’s written a blog post about her trip here. We travelled from Central London to Essex by train and had plenty

Have a break… have a Twitter break
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Have a break… have a Twitter break

It’s that time of year again where being a teacher is probably more stressful than ever. Teachers are worrying about how their classes will be getting on with their exams or phonics tests and classrooms are hotter than ever. There has been talk on Twitter today about an article on…

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