This week with my year 7 group I have been looking at averages; mean, median, mode and range. The previous lesson we went through median, mode and range and then for this lesson we were looking specifically at the mean. The students had done well with the median, mode and range and also expressed that…

Read MoreI am a big believer that marking should be something that students take on board and that they are the one’s who it should create most work for. Why spend lots of time marking if the students don’t pay attention or don’t take on board what the feedback says. The schools that I have worked…

Read MoreYesterday I attended Maths conf 17; my 2nd maths conf and it was just as brilliant as my first. Maths conf is the most valuable maths CPD that I have taken part in. At my first Maths Conf in Manchester I met some other maths teachers the night before at the pre conference drinks, I…

Read MoreI have been waiting for this opportunity since the beginning of this academic year; the opportunity to use an inquiry in my lesson! I fell in love with using the inquiry maths prompts last year after using them for the first time. I have now used them several times with different classes and enjoy using…

Read MoreExit tickets are not a new idea by any means. I have been aware of exit tickets for many years of my teaching but must confess I have not used them. I must say I don’t really know why, I just preferred other activities for plenaries. A new colleague of mine shared an exit ticket…

Read MoreMy first formal lesson with year 7 and the LO is to be able to calculate the perimeter and area of a rectangle. What I like about this LO is that chances are, all of my class are going to be able to do this. It means that I get to think of a different…

Read MoreThere are so many brilliant resources to use on median by Don Steward that sometimes it can be so hard to chose which one to use. If you are about to teach a lesson on square and cube numbers then look no further than the following two resources: square numbers: 10 questions: And cube number…

Read MoreI love Nrich. It is such a brilliant website with so many brilliant problems for students to solve. If you have not yet spent some time navigating through the nrich website, go and do this now! They have problems for all age groups and for so many topics of maths. I always try to start…

Read MoreI have used this activity several times now throughout my career and I must say I always enjoy using this. Be prepared for a few lessons where things may feel somewhat chaotic but the truth is there is so much value in this activity. When I stop and think about how statistics is generally taught,…

Read MoreAfter successful inquiry lessons with both my year 7 and 8 classes I decided to try inquiry with my year 9 class. The lesson before had been on writing numbers as the product of prime factors and this lesson was on HCF/LCM. I saw that inquiry maths had an inquiry that could be used ‘The…

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