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 this year. Since founding the blog in 2010 it has always been my aim to share excellent teaching ideas and resources with maths teachers. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into how to make the site even more useful for teachers and am excited to share with you my plans.

I fully appreciate that many readers like the blog format of the website, whereby they can check in once in a while to see what’s new. This will continue. What I plan to improve is the pages available via the links in the menu bar at the top of the page. At present these lead to a series of resources categorised by topic. I want to improve this, making it much more comprehensive, featuring teaching ideas in addition to links to resources. My thinking is this… The web is full of excellent maths teaching resources, but they are all over the place. If you want to prepare a lesson on addition of integers, you want to visit one webpage with teaching ideas and links to resources, rather than having to browse 10 different websites to find the right resource. Also, the web is full of resources, but how many websites discuss different ways of teaching a topic? I can’t think of any. Quite often you may have a great resource, but would like some ideas of different ways of introducing and explaining a topic. Here is a concept page of what I have in mind: Addition of Integers. You would access this page by clicking  the ‘number’ button in the menu at the top of the website then see the link to the page.

The page features not only links to some excellent resources on this topic from a wide variety of sources, but also some commentary of different approaches for teaching the topic. It is not my intention to preach and claim that the methods described are superior to any others you currently use. I just want to offer ideas that may be of interest. Indeed, if you have a better/ alternative approach or more excellent resources on the topic please email it to me (info@greatmathsteachingideas.com) and I’ll add it to the page. If this grew into a community knowledge-sharing effort I’d be delighted.

This is a big project and something that will take time to come to fruition, but something I hope readers will find useful. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Happy New Year and Happy Teaching in 2013 🙂

6 Responses

  1. Paul Freeman says:

    I think your idea is excellent – the ease of access by having “everything”/”alternatives” in one place is something I know that all teachers would appreciate.

    A (vague) level/grade guide next to each link/resource would be handy too, I appreciate this would be very difficult/time consuming if resources are not “pre-levelled” and of course many resources cover the levels or “elf-differentiate” anyway.

    I hope you able to turn this into a reality, good luck !!

  2. Dave Adamson says:

    This is a great idea and to have all ideas and resources in one place will make life a lot easier for a lot of people. I hope to do the same with my website although it’s just in its infancy.

    Good luck and I hope it continues to be as successful as you have been.

    Dave

  3. Dani says:

    This is a great idea and a good addition to what’s available (i.e. something new that makes use of what is already there). Particularly for those new to teaching, it would be good if there was a section on, or specific comment space for, ‘common misconceptions’ or ‘common barriers’ where teachers can describe where pupils typically make mistakes or struggle. Perhaps there could be different types of comment thread, for ‘general’ (mostly people saying thank you to you:), ‘additional resources and approaches’ (e.g. linking to other nice resources and ideas they’ve seen, to be added as the moderator(s) have time to sift), and ‘common errors and misconceptions’.

  4. Alan says:

    I think this is a fantastic idea! Will you be putting links to resources that are on the TES website?

  5. Mark says:

    What a fantastic idea. As a new teacher it is not always difficult to find a resource but can be problematic when finding a method of sharing the resource effectively, i think your idea will fill that void.

    Best of luck with the transition 🙂

  6. I look forward to being able to use your maths resources in my classes this year. Thank you.

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