Monthly Archive: April 2013

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Wordle- create stunning maths vocabulary displays

I’ve been putting some thought recently to what to do to refresh the displays in my department when the time comes. Wordle.net is a superb tool for creating ‘word clouds’ like the one above. You just paste in some text, (I took mine from a maths vocabulary website) and Wordle does the rest! You can choose the font, colours and...

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G&T website shout out: IB Maths, ToK, IGCSE and IB Resources

I got an email from a reader, Andrew Chambers drawing my attention to a website he has built for IB students studying in Thailand. The content they study is generally equivalent to A-level. His site IB Maths, ToK, IGCSE and IB Resources features lots of resources to enrich maths learning of gifted and talented pupils at  KS3 and GCSE. In...

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Types of number practice colouring fun

Here is a worksheet to give pupils lots of practice on identifying particular types of number. Perfect for a consolidation lesson. If they do it correctly the coloured boxes spell out the word FACTORS, which makes it easier to mark for you 😉 Click here to download the worksheet UPDATE: @StudyMaths has created a brilliant interactive online version of the...

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The Magic of Pineapples goes live in paperback via Amazon!

The Magic of Pineapples, my latest book has just gone live in paperback format on Amazon. I wrote the book to inspire kids and ‘curious-minded’ adults into appreciating the beauty of maths. It has just been reviewed by TES Maths Advisor, Craig Barton who says: “It is impossible to claim maths is boring after reading this wonderful book. I will...

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Volume of a sphere to calculate the capacity of your lungs

Just a quick idea here… To make a lesson on calculating the volume of a sphere contextually meaningful how about using a balloon to calculate the capacity of your lungs? Get a pupil to take a deep breath and then fully exhale into a balloon. Then measure the radius of the balloon and calculate the volume. You’ll need too get...

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TES Maths Podcast 6 now live

The TES Maths Podcast episode 6 is now live at this link. This was recorded during Craig Barton’s recent visit to Bangkok where he was the keynote speaker at the South East Asian Maths Competition. In this episode Craig discovers what it’s like to teach in international schools and interviews the well know Canadian mathematician, Ron Lancaster. A more in-depth interview...

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Ideas for helping students tackle ‘wordy’ functional questions

Since the introduction of the ‘functional’ questions on the maths GCSE last year it has become important for pupils to improve the skill of taking a ‘wordy’ question and interpret what it is requiring them to do. Many pupils find this difficult and seem to give up before they have even read the question. Through a couple of strategies obtained...