# Monthly Archive: February 2012

## Information Is Beautiful infographics project

I’d like to tell you a bit about a new project that I’m running with a top set year 7 class at the moment. The project is called Information Is Beautiful and is based around techniques for data representation and visualisation. We have done a few lessons on the basics such as how to draw comparative or multiple bar charts,...

## Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Here is a superb plenary for a lesson about multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. This resource consists of two files. The first is a PowerPoint presentation that runs a game of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The Second is an Excel Document that gives pupils a worksheet to record their successes and failures on. A nice...

## Nuffield Foundation Applying Mathematical Processes Investigations and Explorations

The Nuffield Foundation have released a series of resources to support teachers in the teaching of applying mathematical processes. The resources are divided between ‘investigations’ and ‘practical explorations’. These remind me of the well-known Bowland Maths resources in their style and scope. They are certainly worth checking out. I think my favourite idea from the practical explorations is ‘How far...

## TES Resource of the Week 19- The language of GCSE mathematics exams

Paul Collins is the author of the TES Resource of the Week 19 that helps pupils understand the specific language of GCSE maths exams. Craig Barton has recorded a video explaining possible teaching approaches you could use with this resource here. Click here to download The Language of GCSE Mathematics Exams TES Resource of the Week 19

## Superb maths challenges from The 7 Puzzle Company

Paul Godding is a board game and puzzle inventor. He got in touch via Twitter and kindly sent me two samples of his creations. Paul designs educational puzzles that allow pupils to practice key maths ideas and concepts whilst also being engaged and logically challenged. There is a large selection of Paul’s puzzles on his website www.paulgodding.com that I would...

## MathsNet and NRich Maths 3D shape resource heaven

MathsNet have a wonderful collection of 3D shape resources at this webpage. There are a variety of interactive applets that cover 3D shape topics including nets and 2D views of 3D shapes. My particular favourite is ‘Building Houses 2’ where pupils have to build the 3D shape by using the 2D views given. They score maximum points by using the...

## TES Resource of the Week 18- Property Chart

The excellent Craig Barton of mrbartonmaths.com is selecting a ‘resource of the week’ each week from the enormous TES resource collection. From now on I shall link to each resource from this blog. So, let’s get started with this weeks’ resource of the week: Property Chart by NRich Maths (shape properties of quadrilaterals) Here is a video of Craig explaining how to...

## Quadratic Equations- The Main Ideas. A card sort to support conceptual understanding

To help pupils see the bigger picture in topics I have decided to experiment with some conceptual card sorts. I worry sometimes that pupils just learn methods and can’t see the links between them. Teachers I know encourage their pupils to ‘build a map’ in their minds of topics and ideas so that when they are faced with a maths...

## A kinaesthetic resource for multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000

Talking about digits moving one column to the left when you multiply by 10 is certainly conceptually better than talking about moving the decimal point, but some pupils seem to find this difficult to grasp. To help out I’ve made this kinaesthetic resource for multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The idea is you laminate all the sheets first then...

## Enriching maths for your students- The Mathematical Palette

The Mathematical Palette is a new blog from the fantastic Guillermo Bautista. To add to his already prolific blog collection, including Mathematics and Multimedia, Geogebra Applet Central, School of Freebies and Blogineering, this new blog is aimed at enriching maths for your pupils by finding maths in everyday situations and presenting it in an interesting and light hearted way. Already...

## Why happiness is so important in your classroom

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know what a fan I am of TED.com. I can’t speak highly enough of this wonderful organisation that provide inspiring talks from leading thinkers totally for free. Last week I discovered an outstanding talk on TED.com by Shawn Achor that totally questioned my understanding of how important happiness is in our lives and...

## Making standard form relevant- the scale of the universe

Cary Huang has created a fantastic website that shows how relevant standard form is to our lives. You can start at the 10^0 m scale and zoom in or out seeing significant objects that vary in size from the width of the universe to a Plank Length. Very engaging and interactive. Highly recommended. Click here to view the Scale of...

## 100 Things Awesome Teachers Do

This week is an extremely exciting one for me as I have realised one of my life ambitions: to publish a book! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: 100 Things Awesome Teachers Do. Think of the book as like a breaktime chat between teachers who are sharing ideas that they have found work well for them. It’s not full of...