Monthly Archive: October 2012

Musings on substitution

How do you teach algebraic substitution? It occurred to me this week as I was introducing it to a mid-low ability class that you can make an analogy with sporting substitutions. This may be something you know already and totally obvious; (I am often slow to catch on to these ideas!) but if you haven’t heard this one before, read...

The first TES Maths Podcast goes live!

The TES Maths PanelĀ are delighted to announce the arrival of The TES Maths Podcast! This is a brand new series hosted by Craig Barton, featuring recommended resources, discussions of best practice, conversations with leading educational professionals and more. You can listen to the first episode by clicking here. TES are working on putting the series on iTunes shortly so they...

The ordering decimals game

There are lots of ways that you can go about teaching ordering decimal numbers by size. Developing pupils’ understanding of where decimals sit on the numberline is one approach. Getting them to understand that if we want to put a number on the numberline between 3.4 and 3.5, that we need a second decimal digit to do this is one...

The Math Factor

The other day, a friend of mine brought an excellent little podcast to my attention called The Math Factor. Suitable for pupils and teachers alike, the 10 minute episodes feature interesting problems and concepts within mathematics. Hilbert’s Infinity Hotel, Algebra on the Radio and Space Walkers; there is something here to engage any mathematically minded person. The show is pitched...