# Monthly Archive: October 2010

## Reignite the fire

Teaching is a hard job. It’s quite easy to become disheartened sometimes. I think the best advice someone gave me once was “Look after yourself. Make sure you get enough rest. Be nice to your mind and your body. Be nicer to yourself than you think you should be”. If you are looking for some thought-provoking quotes to keep things in...

## Maths meets fun with interactive online logic puzzle games

The next time you are in the computer room and looking for an alternative to the excellent MyMaths, consider sending your students to these interactive online logic puzzle games. This brand new page on the Great Maths Teaching Ideas website features lots of classic logic puzzle games that promote problem solving and arithmetic skills. The puzzles are supplied by the...

## Maths Revision Wordsearches

Consolidation of knowledge is an important part of the learning process. Revisiting topics to recap concepts and ideas is vital to prevent acquired knowledge disappearing into the black hole that is the asymptote of the forgetting curve. If pupils can get themselves up to the higher-order thinking skills of being able to summarise a topic, you know they’ve learned it pretty well....

## Spice up revision… a general knowledge maths crossword

Looking for an engaging activity for general revision of GCSE maths concepts and vocabulary? This maths general knowledge crossword has served me well and takes most pupils at least one lesson. Alternatively it can be used as a lesson starter where they do ten minutes on it at the start of a sequence of lessons. I’ve found that pupils really...

## Arithmastars- arithmetic practice inspiration

Need some inspiration to make arithmetic practice a bit more fun? With Christmas coming up you need Arithmastars! Check out the worksheets below for an engaging activity based around cycling around points of stars whilst doing arithmetic. The idea with an arithmastar is that you choose a starting number and then you begin at point A, performing the arithmetic operations...

## Investigating the sum of interior angles in polygons

See below to download some worksheet resources that lead an investigation into the sum of interior angles in polygons. They are deliberately aimed at higher ability pupils who have the initiative to access the posed questions. If you were to run this investigation with a lower ability group you may like to use the polygon worksheets but to get them...

## Can you make practising the times tables fun? Yes, just give me three dice…

As I was surfing through the blogosphere last week I stumbled upon a fantastic blog post explaining a fun game that you can encourage the pupils to play to practice their times tables. The inventor of the game is Dan Finkel, the author of the fantastic math for love blog. You can view Dan’s original post here. I have summarised...

## Tweeting using the Golden Ratio

It’s well known that many architectural designs base their proportions on the Golden Ratio including the Egyptian Pyramids, the Parthenon, the Notre-Dame of Laon cathedral etc and that the ratio appears all over the natural world including the length to width of the DNA helix. However, I bet you didn’t know that the Golden Ratio has worked it’s way into...

## When angles mean the difference between life and death…

Want to show the kids how important angles are? They can be the difference between life and death… The specially chosen angles of the surfaces on the F117 “Nighthawk” jet fighter/bomber make it invisible to radar. It can fly into enemy territory completely undetected by radar all due to it’s angular shape. Image by Chris M0EEG via Flickr Image via...

## Onwards and upwards…

You might have noticed there have been a few big changes to the website recently. In case you haven’t found them yet, here’s a quick summary of how the site has been improved. As time goes on I’d like to add more and more different types of resources to the site, making them freely available for download by anybody. At...

## Online video homeworks

This year I am experimenting with setting online video homeworks with one of my classes. I find this a very interesting and exciting format for the following reasons: In a video homework you can do some model examples and explain the topic in addition to setting practice questions. You can set a homework where the kids progress their learning of...