# Monthly Archive: January 2011

## How Normal is Pi?

I designed this investigation to challenge a high-flying year 9 group to see if they could apply the principles of relative frequency to explore whether pi is a normal number. Normal numbers are irrational numbers where, considering the digits after the decimal point, the likelihood of the next digit being a 1 is as likely as it is being any...

## Get your six hats on, we’re going to review some questionnaires!

Edward De Bono‘s “Six Hat Thinking” gives a structured approach to teaching pupils how to think effectively and in a balanced way. It’s ideal for learning that requires higher-order thinking processes such as analysing and evaluating that are towards the top end of Bloom‘s Taxonomy. This week my year 7 class are bringing in a questionnaire they did for homework....

## Mathematics in a Flash!

Mathematics in a Flash is a fantastic website for ICT resources to use in computer-room lessons. It features games on a large variety of topics. Their Sequences game is particularly good at engaging a whole class with bit of healthy competition. In addition to the games, another highlight is online ‘mini-tests’ that pupils can enter their answers into online and...

## Highest Common Factor Domino Puzzle

With pupils on the lower end of the attainment spectrum I like to teach calculation of the highest common factor of a pair of numbers by the method of writing out the factors of each number, highlighting the common ones and then choosing the highest. I find this more successful than teaching them to use prime factorisation. Whilst this has...

## The 10 Best Maths Teaching Resource Websites

A collection of fantastic teaching resource websites that every maths teacher must have in their bookmarks: 1. TES Connect Thousands of maths teaching resources available for free download. The resources are rated by their users which ensures the best ones appear at the top of your search. A fantastically useful website. 2. Mathematics Enhancement Programme A teaching resource for every...

## Proportion and percentages as topics have never been so emotive

Every now and then I receive an email from one of my friends or family with a presentation attached. The content of this could be pictures of anything from people doing dangerous things, lucky escapes for aircraft landings to inspirational quotations. Most of the time I enjoy looking at these but would never see a use for them in the...

## Do your kids know what they have to do to get their GCSE target grade?

With Assessment For Learning given great importance these days, informing pupils what they must learn to achieve their target grade should be common practice. There are many resources out there presenting the levelling criteria in many different ways, some turning them into ‘kid-speak’ to make them easier for the pupils to understand. A particularly fantastic set of resources to support...

## Designer Worksheets… Whatever Next?

One of my fantastic teaching colleagues introduced me to a new website today: www.WorksheetWorks.com It’s simply brilliant! It creates worksheets for you on a large variety of topics and offers you many options to customise them. For example, if you want a worksheet on adding fractions you can choose whether you want ones with common denominators, different denominators where one is...

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## Happy New Year To All Great Maths Teaching Ideas’ Readers

I hope your New Year celebrations went off with a bang! Great Maths Teaching Ideas would like to wish all it’s readers a very Happy New Year! 2011 is a special one, it’s the first prime number year we’ve had since 2003 and it’s also the sum of 11 consecutive prime numbers! 2011 = 157 + 163 + 167 +...