## Nrich – In a box

My year 9s and I have been working through the topic of probability. We have already looked at sample space diagrams and now we have looked at tree diagrams. My year 9s are top set and so I wanted to give them something that would make them think instead of doing run of the mill…

## A – Level – RISPS (sequences and series)

RISPS were something that had been mentioned to me as a good resource for problem solving at A-Level. It can be a daunting experience when A-Level is not something you feel you have a lot of experience in, but I have reached that point were I want to implement more problem solving resources into lessons.…

## Don Steward Median – Still Pools (Reflections)

On the scheme of work this week was to teach year 7 about reflection. Once again this is a topic that I am fairly certain they will have definitely already met and spent quite a lot of time on. I wanted to find a resource that would be challenging for my year 7s and really…

## Frayer Model

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…

## Inquiry – The sum of two unit fractions is a unit fraction

Ever 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…

## Median – Expanding Brackets Quadratic expressions

This 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…

## Nrich – M, M and M

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…

## Marking – Feedback Sheets

I 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…

## Maths conf 17

Yesterday 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…

## Inquiry maths – The SA of a cuboid can never be less than its volume

I 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…