Monthly Archive: January 2013


TES Maths Podcast 4

The TES Maths Podcast 4 is now live! This month Craig has special guest Celia Hoyles, the outgoing Director of the NCETM. They discuss a wide range of issues including Numeracy Across the Curriculum, the midfield of misconceptions that is Fractions, and the use of technology in maths lessons. Click here to listen to the TES Maths Podcast 4


No more forgetting what they learned yesterday- forgetting curve homeworks

How many times have you heard teachers complain that students couldn’t remember what they learned yesterday, let alone last week or last month? Retention of learning is a big issue and one that must be addressed. This year my department is trialling some key stage 3 homeworks that directly tackle the issue of pupil retention of learning and I thought...


The Elephant in the Classroom by Jo Boaler

I have recently read The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths by Jo Boaler. The book summarises the extensive research that Professor Boaler has conducted studying what successful maths classrooms look like both in the UK and the USA. Based upon a significant wealth of her own research and other significant contributions, the book is frank...


Will’s 2K 2013- raising money for The British Heart Foundation

This year I am going to cycle over 2000 miles in UK Cycling Events Sportives to raise money for The British Heart Foundation. This challenge evolved from an original plan to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. For various reasons I have decided to change to doing the Sportives which are 100 mile rides in over 20 different locations...


GCSE exam questions by topic-

A colleague of mine recently stumbled across the website of Peter Bland, a maths tutor. It contains some excellent GCSE revision resources in the form on booklets of exam questions on particular topic. They are all available form his website here, but for your convenience I have also linked to his hosted resources by topic below: Algebra for Foundation Bounds Box...


Telly Addicts- Reading information from a table

I’ve tried getting kids to look at sporting themed information before and had mixed success. Many seem to be interested in TV, so….. if you need it, here is a worksheet based on the most watched TV programmes of all time that requires pupils to read information from the table. Click here to download the worksheet


The future of Great Maths Teaching Ideas

Happy New Year wishes to all Great Maths Teaching Ideas’ readers! I hope you have enjoyed the festive holiday and had lots of fun and time to rest. I feel as though Great Maths Teaching Ideas has come to a bit of crossroads and write to let you know in which direction I plan to take the site this coming...