Archive for December, 2012

An Intriguing Idea

December 17, 2012 3 comments

I have been struck by an idea picked up from a colleagues blog ( ).

In his blog he refers to a list of ideas for a creative lesson and picks out one as “don’t speak for the entire lesson. I also had a chat last week with a member of the science department who was discussing a lesson he had done where he didn’t speak and had all his instructions put into a PowerPoint and he let the class go on with it themselves. I think there could become fantastic mileage in this idea and I really want to try it, although I think that the final few days in the run up to Christmas won’t be ideal for trialling it. I intend to plan it over the Christmas break (or them, I might trial the same idea with a few classes to see if they produce different results. Will top set Y8 respond better to the lower ability class I have in the same year. Will my 7 strong year 9 class respond differently to a 25 strong year 10 class?)

I will report back on this topic when I have more news.

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Thanks Asda

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment


I know that I’m a maths teacher, but surely this is obvious even to those with the most basic of maths skills?

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Xmas is coming

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment

So, Xmas is nearly upon us and the end of this long half term is in sight. I have not managed to write any blogs this term yet, so I thought I’d jot a few things down now.

A) Expectations are important, if you expect year 7s to understand level 7 work, then they will, if you expect them to struggle they will. I have a delightful year seven class who are now fully coherent on Pythagoras and loci. A year 8 class who can do Pythagoras in 3 dimensions and plot and draw quadratic graphs and a low ability year 8 class who can enlarge from centre with positive integer and fractional scale factors.

2) Variety is key. This term had seen me have my first ever pgce student take one of my classes, and I have found this to be excellent for my own development. You get an entirely different view of a lesson from the back and I’ve learned so much. The student in question was superb and planned well, so I have gained some great resources, but also an insight into teaching and into my own practices. One target we’ve worked in for her is a variety of different activities, and this has been key to improving behaviour management.

3) Maths loops are the single greatest resource ever invented!

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