Monthly Archive: May 2012

What maths lessons can learn from Angry Birds

Teachers love a good metaphor. Learning new things relies on you being able to relate it to something you already know and metaphors build those bridges. They anchor new abstract ideas into our current knowledge. Here’s a metaphor to get your pupils to understand what a brilliant learning environment would look like in your classroom: Approach your maths lessons like...

New GCSE textbooks from CGP are A*

CGP have really raised their game recently. Traditionally known for their excellent revision guides, regular readers of Great Maths Teaching Ideas will know how highly I rate their relatively new GCSE MathsTutor product. This DVD-ROM disc that retails for just £3, contains video lessons and worked exam questions for every topic on the maths GCSE. View a demo of MathsTutor...

A+ Click- rich puzzles for developing logical reasoning

A+ Click is a new website that provides a vast collection of puzzles and challenges to develop logical reasoning skills in your pupils. You can search by topic or year group, making finding puzzles at your class’ ability easy. Like NRich Maths in many ways, A+ Click also keeps a record of how many answers your pupils got right. Ideal...

Inspirations

What would MC Esher’s workplace have looked like? In this enchanting new animation, Cristobal Vila offers us his vision of the answer to that question. Romantic and full of artistic license, Vila shows us mathematical ideas and curiosities from different areas of the subject including tessellation, mechanics, probability, algebra, nets and game theory. Michelangelo once said “you wouldn’t call it...