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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"
#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
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?
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.
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.
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
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