# Monthly Archive: August 2010

## An unusual way to teach plotting straight line graphs…

I bet you’ve not seen this one before… There is a linear relationship between air temperature and the number of times a cricket ‘chirps’ per minute. What an interesting idea for a lesson on plotting straight line graphs! After putting across the idea of the relationship, and motivating the pupils by explaining how the next time they are out and...

## Angle facts- getting the language right

How many times have you marked a GCSE paper which is a two-pointer where the question asks “find the size of angle x” and then “explain how you worked this out” to find that the pupil got the size of the angle correct but wrote an explanation that didn’t get the second mark? You kind of knew what they meant...

## Teaching the properties of equality through problem solving- repost from Keeping Mathematics Simple

I’ve found getting some pupils to understand the concept of equality to be surprisingly difficult. The problem seems to limit pupils’ ability in many other topics such as equivalent fractions, solving equations and changing the subject of a formula. I stumbled upon an article the other day that gave me some insight into why pupils struggle with it. When you...

## Draw me a rocket! SSS, ASA, SAS constructions task

If you’ve just taught SSS, ASA and SAS triangle constructions and you are looking for a consolidation activity, checkout this ‘draw me a rocket’ compound construction activity. As far as rockets go it’s quite basic but if they get it done first I’m sure they could add some modifications!

## 4 great resources for teaching collecting like terms in algebra

Ever been teaching collecting like terms (simplifying) and just needed 20 questions you could put up on your interactive white board to set the pupils off on? Looking for the questions to be differentiated according to ability and for the answers to be on the next slide? If so, check out this pdf slideshow! Instead of a list of questions,...

## Probably the best blogs by maths teachers around the world

There are some really great blogs out there written by maths teachers who really care about their practice. I enjoy reading their posts as they share their insight and ideas and think about how it could improve my own teaching. There is wheat and there is chaff out there. To save you time in separating the two, I have compiled...

## Idea for ICT based homeworks; your thoughts and suggestions welcomed…

Why do we set homeworks? What is the point of homework? What are we trying to achieve by setting the kids homework? Consolidation and practice of what was learnt in class? Promoting self-study skills and independent thought? Learning of new concepts? I’d like to think we set homework for all these reasons. It is well known that getting the kids...