Monthly Archive: June 2010

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New ‘Pedagogy’ topic- sharing thoughts, ideas and good practice

First of all let me say a HUGE thanks to everyone who has been following this website in the short two weeks that it has been running. As of today we have had 179 different visitors to the site from 14 different countries including 1 visitor from Brunei! People have been downloading the resources non-stop. In the first fortnight it seems...

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Going through the praise withdrawal

Is giving lots of praise counter-productive? It seems as though recent research is suggesting so. Too much praise apparently can send the message that you are surprised the kids can solve the problems you set them and actually leads to them becoming demotivated. The idea is simple: give strong praise less frequently as it will have more effect. Praise, like...

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Giving rotational symmetry the ‘wow’ factor

This video is taken from the iTunes Visualiser called Jelly that makes pretty patterns that react in real time to the music that is playing. The patterns produced show rotational symmetry and could be used as an excellent resource in a starter or plenary on the topic. Download this video in 3GP format here. Download this video in FLV format...

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Marathon Man Bearings

In 2009, comedian Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons in 51 days around the UK. He endured blisters, losing a toenail and damaging an ankle ligament. He also had daily ice baths which, in his own words, were “to stop your legs inflating to the size of an elephant”! After running over 1100 miles he returned to Trafalgar Square on 15th...

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Rotational symmetry- synchronised swimming

Further to our post “Symmetry the fun way: B-boy dancing“, Mr Williams suggested a great idea of using synchronised swimming as inspiration for a lesson about rotational symmetry. Here is the Japanese Team in full flow at the Sydney Olympics: There is an excellent routine at about 2 mins into the video which has some fantastic rotational symmetry in it....

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Making 100

Pupils write out the digits 1 to 10 like this: 1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10 The aim is to create an expression that equals 100 by putting as many + – X and / signs between the digits as they like. You might like to demo...

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Symmetry the fun way: B-boy dancing!

Got to do a lesson about line symmetry and looking for inspiration? Check out this Youtube video of Korean B-boy dancers doing a ‘mirror dance’: You could use this as inspiration for the pupils and then get them creating their own symmetrical dance routines. This is plane symmetry rather than line symmetry but the concept should be transferable. You could...

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Keeping the work ethic

Thanks to Lewis H for this great idea to keep the pupils on task: To monitor pupils learning, write the time in the margins of a pupil’s book, and then come back 15 mins later to write the new time. No need to say anything! Pupils then have to answer to the evidence (or lack of) in their books!

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Introducing algebra- consecutive numbers addition puzzle

Here’s are really good way of introducing algebra and getting across the idea of what a variable is. The pdf slides that you can use on the interactive white board to run this activity are here. Start by getting the pupils to draw this diagram in their books: They then choose a number between 1 and 10 and write this...

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The Area Song…

How do you teach kids to remember how to calculate areas of shapes? Here’s one method… Sing the following song to the tune of Pop Goes The Weasel: Verse 1: Multiply the length by the width Gives the area of a rectangle. Base times height divided by two Now gives a triangle. Verse 2: Half the sum of the parallel...

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Mexican Wave Sequences

A great little game to make sequences fun! Get the pupils into a horseshoe. Put up an nth term rule on the board. They have to do a mexican wave around the horseshoe but as they stand up they have to shout out the next term in the sequence. The first person is n=1, second person is n=2 etc… See...