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GCSE reform – will it work?

Nine months into delivering the new GCSE and I’m starting to wonder if these reforms are going to work. The Government wants to raise standards in maths education so that England can ‘win the global PISA race’. But global league table dominance is not our country’s only aim. The Government is also trying to increase the quality and quantity of students taking maths at A level. This, apparently,

#mathscpdchat – Celebrating Don Steward
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#mathscpdchat – Celebrating Don Steward

Please join me for #mathscpdchat at 7pm on Tuesday 24th May to explore Don Steward’s fantastic resources.

Don’s blog Median has recently passed its millionth view so this seems like a good time to share our favourites from his vast collection of rich tasks. Join the chat to discuss which resources you’ve tried and which have worked well.

To start us off, here are three of my favourites.

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ADE special #AppShareLive episode 6

Today I hosted alongside my new co-host Rachel Smith the sixth episode of #AppShareLive. Joining us were Apple Distinguished Educators from around the world who shared innovative, pedagogically driven tools for learning. My special thanks go to: Gitane Reveilleau John Hart Alex Johnson Jon Neale Nathan Ashman Chris Copeman … and of course to Rachel [&hellip

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C2 Revision Resources
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C2 Revision Resources

This is a quick post to share some resources for Edexcel C2 revision.

Revision Lesson Activities

Your students might enjoy my C2 Revision Relay.

I’ve made a C2 Revision Clock and Andy Winterbottom has made one too. See my previous post for more on revision clocks.

I’ve also made a Quick Facts Quiz which would work well as a revision lesson warm-up. The questions are taken from my C1 and 2

How to get good learning behaviours with #edtech
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How to get good learning behaviours with #edtech

One big concern facing educators in using edtech in the classroom is that it could be a big distraction. Certainly it’s a big feature of the ‘research’ being undertaken about technology in education that has featured so heavily in the media: This onslaught has been bubbling in the media since the beginning of the academic [&hellip

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Get a rocket up your CPD
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Get a rocket up your CPD

Continuing Professional Development (or Continuing Professional Self Development as Ian Gilbert discusses in his ‘Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve got Google?‘ book… CPD has changed its appearance. Not a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Not at all. But no longer is it about one of the senior leadership team giving out a set of [&hellip

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Revision Clocks Galore

In my last post I wrote about revision clocks – an idea from @teachgeogblog that was shared by @Just_Maths back in October. Check out the hashtag #revisionclock to see these in action in numerous subjects. They are now all the rage in maths. No wonder, given that they are easy to prepare and do a great job of keeping students focused during revision lessons.

The idea is that you set 12 five

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A game-changer for makers and coders at home

I’ve been a big fan of the award-winning Hopscotch app for some time. It first came to light a few years ago and has been a firm favourite since that happened. Great for helping to teach code to young people in an engaging, fun and relevant way. This past week, Hopscotch has now become available [&hellip

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C1 Revision Activity
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C1 Revision Activity

The revision clock idea has become incredibly popular now that it’s revision season. It originated from @teachgeogblog back in October and was introduced to the maths world by Mel (@Just_Maths) in her post ‘Keeping Time’. I shared the idea at my school’s weekly staff briefing on Tuesday and it’s now being used in a number of subjects across the school.

Need to fit a whole topic into an hour?

See you there…?
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See you there…?

I’m looking forward to speaking at four maths education events in the coming months.

Warwick 2016
Edexcel’s conference ‘Excellence in Mathematics: Into the Future’ is in Warwick on Saturday 2nd July. I’m incredibly excited about this event because Hannah Fry is the keynote speaker. You may have seen Hannah on TV recently (on Horizon and Gogglebox!) – she is a lecturer at University College

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