This was not my first mathsconf but it was my first virtual one (along with everyone else who attended). It was brilliant to see people from all over the world tuning in. I saw ‘hello’ from countries such as the USA, the Philippines, China, just to name a few. With 3 000 people virtually attending…

Read MoreLast week i read a blog post on pondering planning about teaching corresponding angles. The post is here i an highly recommend that you read it. It really made me think about other topics where maybe i haven’t spent the time really delving into the fundamentals. One of the topics that came to mind was…

Read MoreI am currently reading the book ‘making every maths lesson count’ by Emma McCrae. Open middle is mentioned in the book as a recommended website to use for practise. I have blogged about meaningful practise before and the different elements that can make up meaningful practise such as arithmetic complexity, visual complexity, multiple steps and…

Read MoreThis week I was introducing congruent shapes to my year 8 students. The LO was to be able to recognise congruent shapes. Previously I have been through the definition of congruence, an example of using tracing paper to recognise if shapes are congruent and then using a corbett maths worksheet to determine if the shapes…

Read MoreAs always, Mathsconf never disappoints. Yet another brilliant day of CPD delivered by people who are in the classroom day in, day out and so understand the pressures of teachers and the reality of their workload. As always, there is the cake competition with lots of mathematical themed cake. The tower of doughnuts certainly were…

Read MoreLast academic year I embarked upon a coaching course with 9 of my colleagues. During the course we went through various coaching strategies, the purpose of coaching and how we can implement it into our daily practise. We were given recommended reading and I have to admit I am only getting round to some of…

Read MoreDuring a course run by the East Midlands Maths Hub we discussed what is actually meant by the term ‘purposeful practise’. We were shown the two pictures below and asked to discuss the differences between them: Both of these sets of questions involve simplifying fractions but the bottom set clearly shows more variety, It contains…

Read MoreThis week I started on the 2nd year topic of vectors with my year 13s. I know this isn’t the recommended topic from the Edexcel textbook however the content of year 2 vectors doesn’t drastically differ from that in year 1. I used the prior knowledge skills check from the edexcel textbook as my starter…

Read MoreI have used Maths Venns before and for this particular topic. I tried to incorporate this particular venn into a lesson but my students at that time did not reach this venn. This time I decided to use this venn diagram with a more able group. I was confident they would already know how to…

Read MoreNow before you go any further, put the date Saturday 12th October in your diary! That is the date of the next Maths conf which is in Peterborough. If you have not yet been to a Mathsconf, I cannot recommend it enough! I have now been to 3 mathsconf and I walk away from each…

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