## A lesson on the hypotenuse

Last 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…

## #mathsconf21

As 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…

## Creating New Habits

Last 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…

## Purposeful Practise

During 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…

## Intro to 3D Vectors

This 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…

## 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…