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Long live the (exercise) book!
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Long live the (exercise) book!

I love a good book. I like Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Dan Brown and more. I’m not talking here though about crime novels. I’m talking about a good exercise book. I was lucky enough to do a few ‘book looks’ recently and I wanted to write about them here. As the…
Maths Anxiety
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Maths Anxiety

A lot has been written about maths anxiety in children. I have a Year 7 student who always complains that he ‘can’t do it’ before he’s even tried. It’s clear to me where his anxiety stems from – unlike his peers, he doesn’t know his times tables well, which makes many simple tasks (long multiplication, simplifying fractions etc) really difficult for him.

But this post isn’t about maths anxiety

5 Maths Gems #71
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5 Maths Gems #71

Welcome to my 71st gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. GCSE Revision Resources
Grant (@AccessMaths) has recently published loads of great GCSE revision resources. You can check out the full collection at accessmaths.co.uk.

Resources include Crossover Problems, Octagon Revision Mats and Pentagon Problems. These all work well

Yes, But Why?
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Yes, But Why?

I’m sure you’ve already heard about Ed Southall’s new book ‘Yes, But Why? Teaching for Understanding in Mathematics’. It was published less than a month ago and is already on its third print run. It has been incredibly well received by both primary and secondary teachers – everyday I see tweets about how useful it is.

I remember a couple of years ago when Ed (@solvemymaths) first had the idea of

Update!
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Update!

This is just a quick post to let you know about some improvements to resourceaholic.com and some upcoming events.

New Menus
Three years ago I set up my resource libraries, where I share hundreds of hand-picked resources for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. I use these libraries everyday when I’m planning lessons. My aim is to ensure that teachers can quickly and easily access free, high quality resources

Papers Society
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Papers Society

When I worked at a girls’ grammar school, I took it for granted that my students would do loads of past papers in the months leading up to their GCSE and A level exams. They didn’t need much encouragement, they just got on with it. At A level they’d often end up doing every single past exam paper so I’d have to hunt for extra resources. I thought this was normal.

Two years ago I moved to a boys’

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Ultra Outreach Project

One of the most important parts of a maths teacher’s role is to get students excited about maths. The next generation of mathematicians is sitting in our classrooms right now, waiting to be inspired. I’ve written previously about in-school speakers and workshops for maths enrichment. I’ve also written about maths trips and maths clubs. These things are all brilliant and just require a bit of

#mathsconf9
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#mathsconf9

What a fantastic weekend! I’m feeling inspired.

I travelled to Bristol on Friday morning to attend an AQA Expert Panel meeting. These meetings take place three times a year and always involve really interesting discussions. One of the things we looked at in detail on Friday was the new wordier format of AQA mark schemes – I think people will like the approach they are taking here.

On Friday

5 Maths Gems #70
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5 Maths Gems #70

Welcome to my 70th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. Yes, But Why?
The big news in the world of maths education is the launch of Ed Southall’s new book ‘Yes, But Why? Teaching for Understanding in Mathematics’. I was fortunate to get an early look at this book before it was published. It’s fantastic. Both new and experienced

Dan Walker’s Resources
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Dan Walker’s Resources

Dan Walker is one of my favourite TES authors. His clear, uncluttered resources for Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 contain quality explanations and clever activities. His slides are well formatted and ready to use, with clear fonts and excellent animated diagrams. In this post I share some examples from Dan Walker’s extensive collection which currently stands at 72 resources.

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