Monthly Archive: June 2013

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Interventions That Work- Sutton Trust EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit

I have been doing a lot of reading recently to find out what academic educational research studies can tell us about which interventions are effective for improving pupil progress. There is plenty of research out there, but it is difficult to collate all the information into practical advice for subject leaders. Fortunately The Education Endowment Foundation have done just that...

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Fractions, decimals and percentages conversion notes and grid exercise

Here are some notes for pupils about how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. The idea is that they can add examples to them in the blank space around and inside the triangle: Here is a grid-filling exercise where they can apply the ideas in the notes. Forming groups of 4 to discuss their answers, mark correct if they...

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Marking comments- where do yours fit in this matrix?

Here is a matrix by which you can categorise the comments you give when marking: Make a tally chart with each of the six categories then go through a few pupils’ exercise books looking at your comments, considering which category they fit in and then add the tally to your chart. Positive- specific and positive- developmental are the two types of...

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Expanding single brackets- ask ask trade activity

An excellent way to engage students in coaching each other is an ask ask trade activity. Here are a set of ask ask trade cards for expanding single brackets: Click here to download The idea is that you give pupils a card each which contains a question on one side and the answer on the other. They walk around the...

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TES Maths Podcast episodes 7 – 9 now live

TES Maths Podcast episodes 7-9  are now live. Episode 7- Flipped Learning and Singapore Maths Join Craig Barton for the seventh episode of the TES maths podcast – your monthly dose of mathematical debate, ideas and resources. The guests this month are two teachers: Colin Hegarty and Brian Arnold. They cover several of their interests, including flipped learning, Singapore Maths,...

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Negative number reasoning with patterns

How do you explain that subtracting a negative has the same effect as adding the positive corresponding number? I’ve seen teachers use many analogies including: Thinking of sandcastles as +1s and holes as -1s… a sandcastle and a hole makes nothing (1 + -1 = 0). Playing golf and you score -2 on a hole, taking your score from -4...

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What intervention strategies do you use for pupils not making progress?

Some pupils don’t make progress either as fast as we would like, or even at all. Behind every pupil standing still are many personal reasons specific to them and no single intervention strategy is going to get all pupils back on track. However, that is not to say that intervention strategies are a waste of time. I look at them...

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Inspiring TED talks about education systems

Here are a collection of my favourite talks about education systems: Ken Robinson: How to escape education death valley Ken Robinson: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms Geoffrey Canada: Failing Schools. Enough is enough!  Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools Colin Powell: Kids need structure  Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover Rita...

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Proofs from The Book- a new blog from Guillermo Bautista

Guillermo Bautista of the well-known Math and Multimedia blog of Geogebra tutorial fame has started a new blog, Proofs from The Book. Here is his description of its vision: Paul Erdos, one of the most prolific mathematicians of all time accused God of hiding the most elegant proofs for himself in The Book. When he saw a beautiful mathematical proof, he...