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Resources:The outline of a tree?What to do:The post has been inspired by my extremely successful/popular idea- Share and Replace board.I have also been considering the point of display boards after hosting @behaviourteach chat and having lots of educators tell me about having ‘quiet spaces’ and ‘blank zones.’ Where there are no displays! See my post about Displays here! So… the work tree/revision tree/homework tree/help tree…Idea is to give students a chance to share their work and take others’ work.So, you could set a task to create a revision page on a topic, the students should complete the work and place it in the plastic wallets around the tree. Others should then, whenever they like come and take another students example. You could do this online via @padlet- see my examples here.Variations:See the Roots and Fruits activity here.Also, see up a Voucher Tree- more information here!
This award is linked to an idea that my Head runs within our school. Going the extra mile award. Read more about our Well Being initiatives here!Here are some tweeters/educators who have been nominated for Going the extra mile online for others! If there is a blank here, it means blogger is playing up, scroll down to get the link for the Storify. [View the story “#goingtheextraEDmileaward” on Storify]Thanks to all!! Click here for the Storify! I have embedded it above but for some reason blogger is playing up!Variations:See my: TwitterHonours idea, Thank You Post, Shout Out Board, Compliment Corner and Inspiration Board ideas too!
Resources:Students work/text to work fromWhat to do:Start January 2016 with students completing their ‘best’ piece of work. At the start of every academic year we get students coming to us in Year 7 to complete a short story. The aim is for them to produce their best piece of work, that will create the minimum benchmark for the rest of their work completed here in lessons. This work is marked, some simple feedback provided and stuck into the front cover of all their Year 7 books. This is to ensure, every teacher knows what the student’s best looks like. However, why not do this, with all your students, irrespective of their age. Get them achieving and completing a really good piece of work. Allow them to do this in stages, with some marking and formative feedback, this can be written or provided orally. But, the overall objective is for them to create a piece of work that is truly excellent. Once, complete, remind them that this is now the minimum standard of work. As once they have completed that, they can now do better. Variations:See @Atharby’s blog about this further here- Display their work on an Expecting Excellence display?
Resources:Do not create new resources for common activities. Do they really make a difference if they are personalised? What to do:Use some of the following resources to speed up your planning/preparation time.Graphic Organisers- Click here, here and here. Or just Google…graphic organisers Variations:I have blogged my thoughts about Snazzy V Generic resources. Click here to read!
You own your feedback
Resources:None!What to do:When marking examination papers/assessments/students work instead of writing the same feedback over and over, simply give each question a mark/score and try this…Write a list of feedback points, focusing on exam specific feedback and generic SPaG comments, these can be as detailed as you like!Display the points to your class, I do here on my classblog: www.cheneyre.edublogs.org, but printing them out a page of ‘feedback’, works too!Ask students to go through your list and write down the feedback where it applies to their work, next to where it applies.Ask them to then correct areas that can be quickly changed?I then run feedback surgeries where students can come and see me for greater detail/explanation/clarification. These are at break and lunch times. It is compulsory for some students.I also provide all students a copy of the mark scheme. Which I run through with them.I am also giving students a completed, annotated, handwritten examination paper too. This is to model what a Good One Looks Like!Variations:Click here for a whole range of ideas to do with Marking and Feedback!This idea is similar to my post to do with common spelling mistakes. Click here!Here is my blog about Way I Do Recall- I try […]
Resources:A grid/contents page templateWhat to do:Get students to number each of their pages in their exercise books.Then ask them to create a contents page.Stick this on their front covers or inside front covers.This will help them re-read and summarise information they have written into appropriate headings.Also highlight their gaps?Variations:Provide images used in PowerPoints and worksheets and ask them to decorate their front covers?This post is from the ideas from @Shaun_allison’s blog- 15 minute forums by Kate Bloomfield.
Resources:Something like the below image by @Englishlulu?by @EnglishLuluHaven’t used these in a while, did today. Iceberg thinking. #pedagoofriday #engchatuk pic.twitter.com/XMmW4YMJ63— Englishlulu (@englishlulu) June 6, 2014What to do:We know that most of the mass of an iceberg is actually submerged beneath the water. We can’t see how much. This is a little like learning. We need to ensure students understand more than the surface meaning of concepts/topics. So, why not try a task like @EnglishLulu has with her classes. It seems like a great way to move students to deeper learning and will help get them out their comfort zones, into the struggle zone. It will also help them Think Hard. Variations:Get students to write their own? Test another class?
Resources:NoneWhat to do:Have you considered how students take notes in your lessons?Here are a few ways to adapt/change those common methods of yours to help?Students to divide their page into four. Head each box; Recall, General Information, Most Important Points, Exam links/questions. Students should then write the notes in the boxes they feel is relevant. This is really useful to see whether students are picking up on what are the M.I.P- Most Important Points in your lessons, whether they have linked the right examination questions and if their recall of previous areas of work is as strong as they need it to be!OrGet students to use the margin or pencil in a portion of the page with a heading; recall or test questions. When students have finished taking notes ask them to write down some test questions. They should then cover up their notes during revision periods and answer those test questionsClick here for some other examples/further reading! Image from- http://www.bcbe.org/Page/9530Variations:I have written about notes/exercise books here where I list some other alternatives to the ways we have traditionally taken notes. And this contents page task is really useful too!
Resources:Visual sources with carefully drawn boxes outlined on them.Each “box” is one paragraph.They revisit each para with each new skill acquired. #engchatuk pic.twitter.com/Q7zBk6tobJ— Helen Ralston (@ralston_h) November 23, 2015What to do:I just noticed the above tweet on my timeline.I don’t know how Helen R. is using this idea, but I am going to do the following…When providing students with a source/image/visual prompt I will add an outline around key areas of importance I will then ask students to write a paragraph per outlined boxI will ask them to consider the sequencing of their paragraphs and how to draw out key elements within the boxesStudents can work individually or in pairs/groups for this task.Variations:Cut the boxes up and give them to the students one by one, asking them to piece together the image as they write? Do this with text? A poem?Image by Helen R @ralston_h
Resources:A knowledge of your examination board.Click here to view an example!What to do:After marking any mock examinations. Ask staff to send their comments regarding the strengths, weakness or trends and patterns they found for each question (much like exam boards do after marking for any exam).Then write an internal examination report, replicating the exam boards evaluation after each exam series, however, make yours personal. Make it about your students and their common mistakes – the report is focused on what we are teaching well and what students typically struggle with. As a department read the internal report, discussed the findings and make a plan on how to tailor teaching to address issues that are found. A very worthwhile experience after any mock exam!All teachers use the document to aid their feedback sessions with students.Variations:Mark in tutor groups, so staff can all have experience of marking a range of abilities, it helps them to understand the mark scheme better. Guest post by @KGibson2605
After every maths conference I could blog for hours about all the stuff I learnt, but I’ll try to keep it short today. On Friday morning I got the train up to Peterborough for the first meeting of AQA’s new Maths Expert Panel. It was great group of people and a really constructive day. I look forward to the next meeting. Afterwards I had a lovely dinner at the hotel with Julia, Danielle and
5 Maths Gems #51
Welcome to my 51st gems post. This is where I share five teaching ideas I’ve seen on Twitter. 1. Exam Tips The lovely Julia Smith (@tessmaths) works hard to support maths teachers in Further Education and raise awareness of the challenges they face. Since September 2015 she has been tweeting tips for GCSE resitters using the hashtag #gcseresit. She has now published those tips here. Do take
Questions about Exercise Books – #mathscpdchat
To me, exercise books are a means to an end – they are merely a place for students to jot down workings in order to solve problems. It is the act of practising that’s important, not the written record of that practice. I’d happily have my students do all their work on scraps of paper that they throw away at the end of the lesson. "Oh but what about their notes? They’ll need those for revision"
Resources:Plastic Wallets, mark pens, wet wipes?Buy some A3 plastic wallets here?What to do:Save some money/time/photocopying by getting students to complete self check/quick quizzes/worksheets by writing the answers on the plastic wallets!Once completed and checked, they can simply wipe away their answers!I saw this being used in one of our Science NQTs lessons. She had 6 different coloured worksheets, all getting more challenging. The students had to go to her, grab a worksheet, complete the answers on the plastic wallets, bring the answers back to be checked and then take another worksheet.Variations:Get some students to be the ‘checkers’?Good to write over a worksheet- annotate information? Help with ASD students- a task management board?Use a tech tool to show answers, so teacher can go around and support others?Stick plastic sheeting of some sort over your display boards to get students to write on them too?
#mathsmeetglyn with Don Steward
Today I hosted #mathsmeetglyn. I was so pleased that 80 maths teachers turned up on a Saturday morning to see Don Steward’s presentation. I was also chuffed to finally meet the man who makes the brilliant resources that I use in my classroom everyday. Don spoke for two and half hours and in that time he covered huge amounts of fascinating mathematics. He had three sets of slides packed full of
5 Maths Gems #52
Hello and welcome to my 52nd gems post. This is where I share five maths teaching ideas that I’ve seen on Twitter. 1. GCSE Revision The Easter holidays are here! Phew, time for a rest. When we return to school for the summer term many of us will start preparing our Year 11 classes for their GCSE exams. I wrote a post ‘Higher GCSE Revision’ last year which includes all my favourite resources but
A Level Reforms: First Thoughts
No doubt I will do a lot of blogging about A level reforms over the coming years. A level classes currently take up more than half of my teaching timetable. In this post I share some of my initial thoughts on how it’s all going to work. Teaching time To deliver the new 9-1 GCSE it was recommended that schools increase their teaching time for maths. This led to difficult curriculum decisions for
5 Maths Gems #53
Welcome to my 53rd gems post. This is where I share five maths teaching ideas I’ve seen on Twitter. 1. Games In Gems 51 I wrote about the brilliant game Is this prime? from @christianp. My colleague Greg currently holds the Glyn Maths Faculty record in this game (51 – after a lot of practice!). We’re a competitive bunch and we’d all love to beat him! This week more games have been shared on
A tour of resourceaholic.com
There’s a lot going on here on resourceaholic.com. I thought it might be helpful to publish a guide to help new visitors find their way around. Resources My resource libraries can be accessed using the tabs at the top of the page. I update these libraries whenever I discover a particularly good free resource. I also do regular maintenance to remove broken links. I hope that my libraries help
Posters vs Posters
Tom Bennett recently wrote an article in the TES in which he suggested that some tasks – like making posters – aren’t always the most effective use of lesson time. Some people didn’t read the article properly, interpreted the headline as a personal attack on their teaching, and a Twitterstorm ensued. When asked my opinion on poster lessons I said that they aren’t my cup of tea, but I was
5 Maths Gems #54
This is my 54th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. If you’re not a tweeter, or you’ve been away over Easter and you’re wondering what you missed, here’s a summary of some of the latest resources for teaching maths. 1. Algebra by Example In response to my blog post about whether posters ever work well in maths lessons, Chris K (@k_sirhc) shared the Strategic Education Research
A Level Revision Resources
I thought it might be helpful to pull together a list of revision materials for A level. These resources are aligned with the Edexcel A level Maths and Further Maths specifications. 1. Exam Papers There are a huge number of practice papers freely available to students. These are summarised in the table below. All of these papers are available to download from physicsandmathstutor.com,
5 Maths Gems #55
This is my 55th 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 resources for teaching maths. 1. Daily Problems White Rose Maths Hub (@WRMathsHub) will be publishing daily GCSE problems on Twitter in the run up to this year’s exams. The files are available through TES. White Rose
Gem Awards 2016
On 27th April it’s resourceaholic.com’s second birthday! Last year, on the first anniversary of my blog, I wrote Gem Awards 2015. Since then I’ve published an additional 28 updates from the world of Maths EduTwitter. Today I bring you some highlights from those posts. So raise a glass of champagne with me, and toast the winners of the second annual Gem Awards! 1. Best Game The maths teachers
Resources:Nothing!What to do:Get students to draw a clock in the centre of their page/book they are working from.Then draw lines coming out of the clock.In each section inform the students to write their revision notes.They must only spend as long as the section shows.See image below for exampleand search the hashtag #RevisionClock for more!Great idea by https://twitter.com/teachgeogblogNeed to fit a whole topic into an hour? Pupils struggling to revise? Introduce the #revisionclock one hour one topic pic.twitter.com/jRXHoGoYBL— TEACH GEOG BLOG (@teachgeogblog) October 15, 2015Variations:Get students to seperate the timings/sections themselves?Set as homework?Make each revision clock cross subject?
Exam Time Clock
Resources:Examination Paper(s)What to do:Get students to complete an ‘exam time clock’!They must section off from a clock how long they have for each question in their paper.They should write in the question, the marks its worth, what ‘type’ of question it will be, what usual command words arise and some key principles in answering that question.It is a good visual reminder of how to chunk out their revision and how to set about answering the examination questions. This idea is from this link by @PBruceMaths (Scroll down to download the template for free.)Variations:Create Revision Clocks!
I’ve been talking about three things on Twitter this week: study leave, calculators and contact time. I need more than 140 characters! All opinions are welcome, either through Twitter or in the comments below. Study Leave At my previous school all Year 11 and Year 13 students would disappear in early May, returning to school only to sit their exams. It was a girls’ grammar school – the students
Animations for A level
Last week I presented on A level resources at Stuart Price’s ‘Maths in the Sticks’ event. I spoke briefly about how we can use animations to support our explanations of mathematical concepts. Many teachers already make use of programmes such as Geogebra, Autograph and Desmos, but here I’m talking specifically about animated gifs that teachers can simply paste into a PowerPoint. Gifs run on a loop
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
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?
Os and Xs
Resources:A3 Paper, PensWhat to do:Place 9 naughts and crosses grids on an A3 sheet of paper. In the centre grid identify 8 topic areas to revise and in the middle box a title or key topic area. Each topic area identified in the middle grid corresponds to one of the other 8 naughts and crosses grids. Pupils then have to place in each box a key word or term related to that topic area. This can be used as a retrieval activity or revision activity of key words. Pupils can then peer assess and add anything missed.Variations:The grids could be left blank and pupils take it in turn with a partner to add a key word related to a topic area in each box. Pupils could use different coloured pens instead of writing an O or X. First person to get three in a row wins.Images could be used instead of key words.Another amazing guest post by @TomBrush1982
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 The post A game-changer for makers and coders at home appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
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
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 The post Get a rocket up your CPD appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
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 The post How to get good learning behaviours with #edtech appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
In It Together
Resources:(Staff) Lanyards.What to do:In the run up to examinations to promote a collegiate approach to preparation and revision why not get staff to wear (on the lanyards)Key quotes from different texts that the students have been studyingImportant dates (for exams/events)Key equations that students need to knowBy getting all staff to wear this information it will spark conversations and present a constant reminder to the students of their importance.Variations:Do this throughout the year?Get departments to collaborate with each other on projects of this sort? Maybe, an opening slide of each PP?This idea is from Maria Gladen- Head of English Dept. at Passmores Academy- @Vicgoddard
Copying from the board
Resources:None!What to do:When asking students to get key information written down into their books, essentially by copying from the board. Make them ‘think hard’ and ‘struggle’ by getting them to do the following…Firstly, you underline and embolden key words/specialist language in the slides. Then ask students to re-write the sentences replacing every word other than the embolden/underlined words. This has really made students have to think carefully about the notes they are taking, rather than simply copying from the board.Variations:Get students to write in brackets next to other words, synonyms of those words?
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
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 The post ADE special #AppShareLive episode 6 appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
#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. 1. ‘
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,
How to transform how students showcase their learning
It’s no secret that I’ve been a fan of the three great Adobe apps; Slate, Voice and Post for some time now. Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, along comes Adobe Spark. Adobe have rebranded three of my favourite apps for publishing, Adobe Spark Page (formerly Adobe Slate), Adobe Spark Video (formerly Adobe [&hellip The post How to transform how students showcase their learning appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
#PoundlandPedagogy of Apps
What is #PoundlandPedagogy? #PoundlandPedagogy has become a popular teaching and learning phenomenon. The hashtag was originally created by the lovely Isabella Wallace and you can find lots of teaching and learning resources on Twitter using this hashtag. The idea is where teachers use everyday items that can be purchased from a pound shop, and use them in [&hellip The post #PoundlandPedagogy of Apps appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
5 Maths Gems #56
This is my 56th 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. Euro 2016 Maths @dooranran makes lovely maths resources. I think teachers will really like the activities he has prepared for Euro 2016. Topics include vectors, Pythagoras,
Useful GCSE Questions from Linked Pair Papers
If you attended any training on the new GCSE last summer then you may have been advised to look through Linked Pair papers for questions on new GCSE topics. It’s a nice idea, but what teacher has time to trawl through past exam papers? A year later, I’ve now taught Linked Pair (for the first and last time) so I have a better idea of whether the Linked Pair papers are actually helpful. Before you
6 apps with lots of ideas for learning in 7 minutes
I discussed recently with someone that my blog was more about sharing technology ideas than a resource but they argued back that whilst much of what I write about it recommendations for tools that will work in the classroom, the resources and ideas that spark from the ideas shared here are really worthwhile. I guess [&hellip The post 6 apps with lots of ideas for learning in 7 minutes appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
The Modern Educator – part one
As noted in some of my tweets recently I am undertaking some work with Independent Thinking on the Isle of Man this week. It’s a really exciting project. My part of it is looking at what it takes to be a modern educator. I obviously have my points of view on this but to start [&hellip The post The Modern Educator – part one appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
Resources:NoneWhat to do:Ask students to personalise these posters based on your subject? Exam? Qualification you are teaching them…This idea is based on my blog, where I feel we need to motivate students by asking them why they need to be motivated; essentially, what is their why?Click here to read. (You can also download my 10-15 minute assembly on this topic.)Thank you to +ICTEvangelist for the heads up for the software to create this poster!Variations:Get Alumni to fill in the blanks and put these up around your school?Should each subject area personalise these posters based on professions that link? Jobs that associate? pic.twitter.com/MWjONConCu— Amjad Ali (@ASTsupportAAli) June 4, 2016 Here is an example that @ICTEvangelist made quickly after seeing my idea You’re not sitting this exam to get a grade… pic.twitter.com/SjHru9PIqP— Mark Anderson (@ICTEvangelist) June 4, 2016
Resources:Twitter/Instagram?What to do:Search for a few tweets from a few of your favourite celebs, or from the students favourite celebs.Then print screen them, pop them onto a word document and print them out.As a starter? activity, ask students to…Correct the SPAG in the tweetsProvide a response to the twitter in either, ‘formal/persuasive/direct’ etc writing styleExpand on the tweet, by supporting it with… This idea has been written up having seen this tweet by @missmcintyre15 Correcting celebrity tweets with punctuation, spelling & grammar etc📝📚😊 @rosBIGWRITING @ScotEdChat @ICTEvangelist pic.twitter.com/EifSNAScb8— Miss McIntyre (@missmcintyre15) May 24, 2016Idea by @missmcintyre15 Variations:Get students to complete this Grammar Pop activity too?
5 Maths Gems #57
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
Share the love
I think of myself as being really fortunate to have been blogging like I have for such a long time. I look back at the things I’ve done, the people I’ve worked with, the impact I’ve had and I feel really proud. When I first started out sharing like I do, I really did suffer [&hellip The post Share the love appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
Ten things you should know about dinner ladies
Ok, so straight up – the first thing you should know is that they’re not dinner ladies, they’re ‘lunchtime supervisors’, okay? One of the best bits of advice I could ever give to a trainee teacher or to an NQT would be to make sure that you make friends with all of the different support [&hellip The post Ten things you should know about dinner ladies appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
researchED Maths and Science 2016
People rave about Tom Bennett’s researchED events so I was very pleased when he announced a conference devoted to maths and science. I am a staunch advocate of subject specific development for teachers – I find that generic training (the type delivered at school INSETs – ‘how to differentiate’, ‘how to do AfL’, ‘ideas for revision’) is rarely of direct relevance to maths teachers. The programme
Come together, the #NRocks anthem
In true David Cameron style, music will be accompanying this post: At the start of the classic Primal Scream song, “Come Together” we hear the lyrics: “This is a beautiful day It is a new day We are together, we are unified And all for the cause Because together we got power…” This is the spirit [&hellip The post Come together, the #NRocks anthem appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2
First things first. It’s never just about the apps. End of. That said being guided around tried and tested apps from the classroom can be really helpful. With that in mind, back in 2014 I created my first periodic table of iPad apps. Little did I realise how popular it would be with more than 7 [&hellip The post Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
Maths School Trips
This post provides a list of maths school trip destinations. I’ve included five recommendations here and I hope that readers will add their own recommendations and experiences in the comments below. I’d like to build up a comprehensive list of trip destinations all over the UK and perhaps include a few overseas trips too. Although I’ve led a handful of maths trips over the years, I’ve never
5 Maths Gems #58
This is my 58th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. Here I summarise some of the latest ideas and resources for teaching maths. 1. New GCSE Revision Resources Thanks to @pixi_17 for sharing a fantastic set of revision resources for new GCSE students. This well designed set of 9 – 1 revision booklets for four different grade levels (eg ‘Aiming for a Grade 5’) has come in handy for my
More Ed, Less Tech at #EducationFest
I’m thrilled to be speaking again tomorrow at the Telegraph Education Festival. I’m in the ‘South Front One’ at 11.50am and the focus of my session will be looking at teaching, learning and technology. I’ve spoken before at the Festival and attended other times too. It’s a great event normally and it’s a real privilege to [&hellip The post More Ed, Less Tech at #EducationFest appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
My presentation slides from #EducationFest on ‘More Ed, Less Tech’
Firstly, a massive thank you to the many people who chose to come and see me in my session. It is such a privilege to be able to share in this way and I massively appreciate you coming to hear me talk. In a move to stop the fetishisation of technology for technology’s sake I’ve talked [&hellip The post My presentation slides from #EducationFest on ‘More Ed, Less Tech’ appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
Alright, big man?
If you’ve met me you probably know I could do with shedding a few pounds. I’ve always been pretty large although the weight does fluctuate. I suffered pretty badly as a child from name-calling and other bullying. It affected me then and it affects me now. Something that has really become noticeable to me in recent [&hellip The post Alright, big man? appeared first on ICTEvangelist.
Scheme of Work Development
In March the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group recommended that "a fully resourced, collaboratively produced scheme-of-work should be put in place for all teachers for the start of each term". This is meant to reduce workload, though of course we all know that creating and maintaining a decent scheme of work is an enormous task. Anyone who has worked at more than one school knows that
Resources:Images of ‘action shots’ like below.What to do:To try to integrate Maths and Physical Education together collate some action shots of sporting events/characters. Then get students to work out the angles within these action shots.Variations:What other maths can you involve?Here is a useful website as an example?
Resources:You will need to create images with speech marks including the lyrics of a song…List of Number 1 UK top 40 chart songs here!What to do:Stick into students books, or put the image into a presentation, of a lyric from a song, which is asking for students to do something, respond to something or reply to something!?Variations:Famous lines from films?Idea adapted from:What a week, what a day. And we have to really conclude with my new feedback sticker! Ha! #pedagoofriday 😎😂 pic.twitter.com/Bs8XnfPyIg— Mr Patel (@Mr_Patel100) June 24, 2016@ASTsupportAAli What can you do with this space? (Art/Design context) 👍 pic.twitter.com/5aGrdr75rw— Mr Patel (@Mr_Patel100) July 6, 2016
On One Hand
Resources:None- or the grid below?What to do:Get students to work out their answer in depth by asking them to:Show it- Use physical resources, such as Numicon for Maths? Explain it- A written account of what the answer is and why/how?Draw it- A visual representation of the answerProve it- A summary of ways the answer is justifiedImage from Twitter- @YHMathsHub @MathsMastery @WRMathsHub “Used this concept map for the first time. Great for showing understanding.”Idea taken from the tweets as shown here.Variations:Get students to create model answers to use a help sheets for others?@AlisonHogben @YHMathsHub @MathsMastery @WRMathsHub full Diving for Depth training available through @eboractrust pic.twitter.com/0vTdM4VYow— Miss D (@MissDks2) June 29, 2016
So how was your 2015/16? Careers have their ups and downs. This was the best year of my teaching career so far, thanks to a wonderful set of colleagues. I got my new timetable on Friday which means I can now start thinking about what I need to do over summer to prepare for September. My school has increased the time allocated to maths for most year groups, so this is where we now stand in terms
5 Maths Gems #60
Welcome to my 60th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. Here I summarise some of the latest ideas and resources for teaching maths. 1. Perpendicular Gradient I love this gif demonstrating the relationship between gradients of perpendicular lines, shared by Simon Pampena (@mathemaniac). Geogebra fans will be pleased to see that Tim Brzezinski (@dynamic_math) made ‘Slope Triangle
*NEW WEBSITE COMING* www.trythisteaching.com
Hi All,Firstly, many thanks for using this toolkit! I have always said it will be a free resource for educators/teachers by educators/teachers. I am currently working with my soon to be publishers CrownHouse Publishing in making a new bespoke website. Hoping to have this ready for September 2016!! Very soon…It will take on the same theme as my upcoming book will. (Still feels so weird saying/typing that!) The new website will be easier to navigate, search and use! It will also have a more teaching related website name.The website address will be www.trythisteaching.comThe website is not currently live, as background work is still being completed!The aim is to redirect all blog posts/searches from this toolkit to my new one. So we will not be taking them down, just putting a re-direct in place. The theme of my book and website will correlate with the message i’ve shared in many CPD sessions, TeachMeets and INSETs; Try This… the concept of trying a new idea, refining it and then if it doesnt work ditching it. The idea does not have to be a hugely innovative or creative one. The basis is about trying something new and my website and book can hopefully give you something to try…Thanks […]
WORK it out!
I’ve written an article for teachwire.net about mathematical extra-curricular clubs at both primary and secondary school: "Turn Pupils Into Mathemagicians With These Creative Ideas For Maths Clubs" Thank you to everyone on Twitter who contributed ideas for this article. It was lovely to hear about all the fantastic clubs that teachers run. If you’re looking for more enrichment ideas, I have two
5 Maths Gems #69
Welcome to my 69th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. This is where I share some of the latest ideas and resources for teaching maths. 1. New Diagnostic Questions Collections I use diagnosticquestions.com every week to create multiple choice quizzes for my classes. I particularly like the questions provided by AQA, OCR and Edexcel. Recently I’ve also been making use of the new questions
Working Well: C1 and C2
I’m feeling pretty positive about my A level teaching this year. I thought it might be worth sharing the things that I’ve been doing a bit differently. If you teach A level, please comment below or tweet me to tell me what changes you’ve made to your approach over the years that have had a positive impact on your students. Context I teach at a boys’ comprehensive school, having moved there from
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. Similarity These slides
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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…
Gem Awards 2017
This week it’s the third anniversary of resourceaholic.com. It’s become a tradition for me to mark the anniversary of my blog by publishing an annual ‘Gem Awards’ post. Here I look back at all the ideas I’ve shared in my gems posts over the last year and choose some of my favourites. 1. CPD Award This award goes to Craig Barton, whose brilliant podcasts have been a very welcome addition to the
Secret #edtech weapons #2 – @Quik_App
As a teacher, making effective use of edtech can be difficult because in order to get a great looking product to share with children to support their learning can take time. Not with Quik by GoPro though. Don’t get me wrong, I love iMovie and Adobe’s Premiere Clip but whilst they…
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
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…
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
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…
#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
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…
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…
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
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?,
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
Today is #malcolmswanday – a day for members of the maths education community to celebrate the life of the late Professor Malcolm Swan. Peter Mattock’s blog post explains how you can get involved. I did not have the privilege of meeting Malcolm Swan myself, though I was lucky enough to be introduced to his awesome Standards Unit resources during my PGCE. Since then I have blogged a number of
New A Level Timings
After exam season is over, I expect that Heads of Maths and Key Stage 5 Coordinators all over the country will be making plans for delivering the new A level from September. Timings at A level always make me nervous. I hate having to rush my teaching. Linear A levels are meant to improve the situation, but I’m not convinced that there will be much chance to slow down. My school (a suburban
Apple nail teaching and learning with the latest version of their Classroom App
I’m a great believer in taking lots of small steps to make a bigger gain. Incremental improvements that you get better and better at through deliberate practice is one of those things that make us better teachers in the classroom. Often when it comes to technology, one of the biggest…
5 Maths Gems #73
Welcome to my 73rd gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. GCSE Paper 2 and 3 So, we’ve had the first new GCSE papers! Like everyone else, I was full of nerves and excitement on the day. Years of preparation and it finally happened. Many teachers will see their Year 11 students for revision sessions at some point over the next two
Check out Unio – for your teaching and their learning
Unio by Harness® is a web based system which facilitates lots of different learning activities in your classroom. I love the fact that because it’s web based it is device agnostic too. You can share interactive online whiteboards and as teacher you can see all pupil’s screens in real-time and…