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Numeracy Ninjas end-of-term activities

Looking for a fun mathematical end of term activity to do with your class? Look no further! Numeracy Ninjas Christmas Dodecahedron Bauble Download the bauble template here. Be patient; it’s a few MB! Print the template double-sided so each Ninja graphic has a number on the back. Cut out each section of the bauble and  then glue matching numbers together to...

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Interactive circle theorems

I’ve created a page on Great Maths Teaching Ideas which features interactive versions of all the circle theorems. Go to the ‘shape’ menu and then click ‘circle theorems’. Enjoy! Alternatively, here’s a link to the page: http://www.greatmathsteachingideas.com/circle-theorems/ Here’s an example of what you can find on the page:

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Craig Barton’s DiagnosticQuestions.com website levels up

TES Maths Adviser, Craig Barton founded a website last year called DiagnosticQuestions.com. I have written previously about this being an excellent AFL tool for teachers to assess students’ prior learning and misconceptions about a topic. In addition it is also useful to assess learning at the end of lesson. DignosticQuestions.com just went live with a whole host of new features...

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Experiments with Visible Learning showing big promise…

This post builds on my last one about a model for assessing without levels using the principles of John Hattie’s Visible Learning philosophy. Make sure you’ve read my last post before this one. The first thing I’d like to share is that my worries about time constraints preventing me from using this model were unfounded. After some terrific Twitter feedback...

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The E factor, dynamic pitching and instant feedback

Engagement of students in their learning. The E factor. You know it when you see it; you know it when you hear it. Sustained cognitive effort by students who are working at the edge of their abilities. The engagement we want to see as teachers isn’t about keeping students amused, it’s about keeping them thinking for extended periods of time....

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Time for a blogging sabbatical

Dear Great Maths Teaching Ideas readers, In June 2010 I started this blog inspired by some wonderful resources fellow trainee teachers had shared with me. It has been exciting to see the blog grow into such a popular site and to have made so many friends along the way. It now features over 300 posts containing teaching ideas, resources and...

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Metacognition… thoughts on teaching mathematical problem solving skills

How do you go about teaching problem solving skills? How do you teach pupils the thinking skills necessary to solve mathematical problems in contexts that are unfamiliar to them? These are difficult questions. I’ll declare upfront that I don’t have the answers to them fully. Nonetheless I have been researching and formulating possible approaches. This post shares with you where...

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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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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...

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Infographic of learning theories

Click this link to open a remarkable infographic summarising the main academic theories behind how learning happens. I’d heard of many of these, but I think it is wonderful to see how they are connected.

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...