I was introduced to Frayer Models at Mathsconf17 and remember thinking what a great idea this seemed at that I wanted to give this a go for myself. I have finally this week used them with a few of my classes and I must say, I have been very happy with the results. The reason…

Read MoreEver since I started using inquiry Maths in the academic year 2017/2018, I have purposefully tried to use it where I can. I am currently in the middle of a fractions unit with my year 7s and the next lesson was to add fractions with different denominators. I am quite confident that most (if not…

Read MoreThis week I embarked upon the topic of algebra manipulation with my top set year 9s. The fact that they are year 9s means that they have already met algebra several times before and should have a firm grasp of the basic manipulations such as expanding brackets. For this reason, when I saw expanding double…

Read MoreThis 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…

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