# Monthly Archive: February 2013

## New approach for converting between fractions, decimals and percentages?

I have always found converting between fractions, decimals and percentages a challenging topic to teach when you’ve got pupils who have difficulty with mental and written arithmetic. Quite often you seem to get bogged down in the arithmetic of the calculation, and the pupils lose sight of why we are doing it in the first place. Rather than plod on...

## What school systems can learn from PISA

Andreas Schleicher gives an insightful, data-led talk about what the PISA (Program of International Student Assessment) tests tell us about what successful education systems look like. For some time I’ve been aware of the PISA tests, which rank countries based on the literacy and numeracy ability of their youngsters, but I did not realise that they used the data to...

## TES Maths Podcast 5 now live- special guest… me!

The TES Maths Podcast episode 5 is now live! I was fortunate enough to be asked by Craig Barton to be the special guest on this episode. We discussed two ‘show and tell’ topics: differentiation in the maths classroom and teaching maths in context. I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode and the ideas we discussed. Click...

## BIDMAS order of operations- Four Fours, Bodge Ups and Quiz Quiz Swap

Four Fours Can you make statements equal to all the numbers 0 to 20 by using just four fours? Brackets, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction are allowed for starters. When they start getting stuck you can introduce other operators such as square roots, factorial etc. Can you make all the numbers up to 100? My year 7s had a good...

## Triangle constructions tangram

A colleague of mine, Claire Nealon wanted to adapt a resource I made a while ago of a triangle constructions tangram (see previous post). She wanted to make it more accessible for lower attaining students. Claire simplified the constructions so that the triangles are all right angled with side lengths that are Pythagorean Triples. This made the activity more accessible...

## Select the England Ashes Cricket Team- An Averages Investigation

A deputy head at my school is trying is hand at teaching some maths this year after a career teaching PE. He’s doing an excellent job and recently came up with a great lesson idea and resource for an averages lesson. Click here to download the resource (Microsoft Word) The idea is that small groups of pupils are selectors for...

## BETT 2013 Star of the Show: RM Unify

Today I visited BETT 2013 at the ExCel Centre in London. The yearly event showcases the current developments and market for ICT in education. In addition to many exhibitors, there are numerous talks by practitioners explaining how they use ICT to support learning in their schools. Professor Brian Cox was the headline guest speaker this year. There were clear trends...