#GCSEResultsDay2017 #gcse grade boundaries leaked English and maths. Check out this diverse collection of over 50 polygraphs. A great way to start classroom discussions from day one. Books (free) I have enjoyed books for as long as I can remember and have several Maths books on my Kindle, a small number of which were free or very low cost. Now you don’t have to own a Kindle to read Kindle books as the Kindle app is free to download for any device you may own: PC, phone or tablet. It is possible to search Kindle books by price, so a search on Mathematics books by price from lowest to highest will give all the free entries; the search seems to return lots of toddler books and samples but the odd useful book is available.
Another Amazon search for low cost books is a search on popular Mathematics books, price low to high. which returns popular Mathematics and Science books for as little as 99p. The free books include some Open University eBooks including some titles on Mathematics, see for example Maths Everywhere, Using visualisation in maths teaching, Starting with maths: Patterns and formulas, and Working on your own Mathematics. Colin Foster – Instant Maths Ideas For GCSE try: Maths revision clcnet. Lin Foster. Number and Algebra Colin Foster, Nelson Thornes, 2003, ISBN 0748786686 "Colin Foster has probably done what many teachers or Maths departments wish had been done a long while ago. " Karen Hancock, Association of Teachers of Mathematics – click here to read the entire review.
"I was pleasantly surprised at the number of ideas (old and new). " Peter Ransom (2005) Times Educational Supplement: Teacher, 7 January Shape and Space Colin Foster, Nelson Thornes, 2003, ISBN 0748786694 "These books are just what their titles suggest they should be. Data Handling, Numeracy and ICT Colin Foster, Nelson Thornes, 2003, ISBN 0748786708 "With only a little preparation these ideas can be incorporated or attached to a scheme of work to reinforce and vary the approach ... A great demonstration of why we need to plot the data and never trust statistics tables! Useful bits and pieces – A Chemical Orthodoxy. Below is a list of things I have read and found interesting and have helped me develop as a teacher. I’ve been collecting them over the last year or so and tried desperately to keep them in order.
This is a work in progress and I’m going to try and update it when I can. I’ve marked everything that I think is super important with a * so you can ctrl+f for it. I’ve tried to keep my summaries as short as possible – the individual pieces will speak for themselves. You will note that I have avoided books too. This is because I don’t really find the time to sit and dedicate time to full books, I prefer to read stuff on the go, in the little snippets of time I find for myself here and there.
This is mainly a list for my own benefit. You can ctrl+f topics as: What makes great teaching? The categories are loose so if you’re looking for something else just search your key word – chances are good there will be something here on it. What makes great teaching? Cognitive Science General Principles AfL. Questioning Template for Targeted Differentiation. 20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners | MindShift | KQED News.
Kathy Perez has decades of experience as a classroom educator, with training in special education and teaching English language learners. She also has a dynamic style. Sitting through her workshop presentation was like being a student in her classroom. She presents on how to make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners, while modeling for her audience exactly how she would do it.
The experience is a bit jarring because it’s so different from the lectures that dominate big education conferences, but it’s also refreshing and way more fun. Perez says when students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices, they not only achieve more but they also act out less. “If we don’t have their attention, what’s the point?” She’s a big proponent of brain breaks and getting kids moving around frequently during the day. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. NED’s GREAT EIGHT 9. My Most-Referenced Math Classroom Decorations. As I start to think about how to decorate my classroom for the upcoming school year, I am reflecting on last year's classroom design.
What was useful? What was cute but ended up being a waste of time? Today I want to share the top ten classroom decorations that my students actually used and referenced on a regular basis. In a sense, these are classroom must-haves. These are the decorations that made my students started complaining when I took them down during the last week of school! Math Symbols Posters - The most referenced symbols on these posters are greater than, greater than or equal to, less than, and less than or equal to.
I actually made more of these posters than will fit on my wall. Prime Number Banner - My students are frequently asking if a certain number is prime. Horizontal and Vertical Number Lines - I love number lines. My horizontal number line gets the most use from students. Perfect Squares and Cubes - These posters were inspired by Clarissa Grandi. Includes vs. Summer leadership reads | Ambition School Leadership. Looking for inspiration. I have 34 types of order of operation problems so far. Do your thing twitter and give me some more... #Mathschat. Hello Literacy: Monitor Classroom Noise Level with Virtual Bouncy Things.
I'm a firm believer in classroom noise! The good, productive, on-topic student voices that occur when learning is abuzz in my classroom. But even, students forget to self-monitor their own noise level no matter how productive and on-task it is. I wrote a blog post about this a few years ago and it practically went viral. The original website from *that* post however, has been disabled and there is a new one...this one. That .ORG not .COM It's clever, attractive and sure to engage your students in self-regulating their volume. Like anything new, you will need to allow students time to get this new thing out of their system, but once that is over, and the novelty wears off, the balls (or eyes) on the screen will be a reminder to be cognizant of their voice level in the classroom. You have the choice of bouncy balls, bouncy emoticons, bouncy bubbles or bouncy eyeballs.
One day I'll fly away. Formative assessment. Organising instruction & study: 7 recommendations to improve student learning | Excellence & Growth Schools Network. This blog is a summary of a Practice Guide by Pashler et al. from 2007, which sets out to provide teachers with specific strategies for instruction and study. I came across it in a roundabout way via this paper by Dunlosky et al cited in the “What makes great teaching? Review of the underpinning research” by Rob Coe et al. The central tenet of this particular Practice Guide is that learning depends on memory, which can in turn be strengthened by concrete strategies. These strategies help students to master new knowledge and skills, without forgetting what they have learned. A note on Practice Guides The Health Care professions have been using practice guides for some time now to communicate evidence-based advice to medical practitioners.
The recommendations contained within Practice Guides are intended to be: Actionable by practitionersCoherent in their approachExplicitly connected to the level of supporting evidence Recommendations 1: Space learning over time – moderate level of evidence. Growth Mindset Maths - Growth Mindset Maths.
SPRING MATHS - Home. Resources. 7406. Reclaim Your Marking — Love Learning Ideas. Play your cards right 40 Quick Marking Strategies Too many decisions in the classroom are currently being made based on what ‘they’ might think, whether ‘they’ are SLT or Ofsted. The danger is that teachers are not owning their pedagogical choices. Kevin Lister explains it perfectly here. “The problem comes when we forget why we're doing something, and just do it without thinking, without questioning... As professional teachers we should actively seek out as wide a range of methods and techniques for teaching as we can... I don’t have time to know the pedagogy... A definition for ‘learned helplessness’ is “a condition in which a person suffers from a sense of powerlessness, arising from a persistent failure to succeed.”
If teachers don’t understand and utilise the pedagogy behind marking, we run the risks of: Failing to make the most effective and efficient choices about what worksMarking which hinders students’ progress. Know your marking hand and play it wisely... Closed questions and higher order thinking | The Wing to Heaven. I know that Andrew Old often writes about the way that open questions are often, wrongly, seen as superior to closed questions – ie, it’s seen as being better to ask pupils questions that have lengthy answers and many possible answers rather than those that only have one straightforward right answer. I think one of the reasons for this is that open questions are seen as being effective promoters of higher-order thinking. That is, asking a question like ‘Why was there a war in Europe in 1914?’ Is likely to lead to higher quality thinking than ‘When did Britain and France sign the Entente Cordiale?’
I would make two points here. First, it is true that closed questions are very effective at testing facts and knowledge. However, ‘higher order thinking’ such as analysing, evaluating and synthesising is in fact made up of ‘lower order’ facts and knowledge. The BC leaving exam in history asks pupils to write essays, yes. 15. And it isn’t just this question. Like this: Like Loading... Walking the tightrope. Man on Wire.
(Image via olivedesignblog.blogspot) It’s been a strange and difficult few days. I woke up last Tuesday night at 2am with the worst headache of all time; piercing intense pain. I had to run downstairs for the pain killers. This was stress, pure and simple; subconscious anxiety in anticipation of GCSE results download day. I’ve only been there a year but Results Matter – and in this age of hyper-accountability, they assume meaning far beyond the limits of their validity and reliability as measures of our students’ experience. It wasn’t good news; various factors had lined up to generate results at the lower end of the range I’d expected. Still, I know this single data point has significance it doesn’t deserve.
It was our first year without the Speaking and Listening component in English GCSE – so, despite better exam performance, our results dropped significantly (84% to 61%) . – the list goes on! The tricky part is that all this takes time and patience. Like this: 37 Ideas to Grow Gritty Learners by @Powley_R. 26 Strategies for Meaningful Manageable Assessment by @powley_r. Mixed ability. 5 misconceptions. @pepsmccrea: *NEW* The 7 habits of highly effective lesson plan(er)s. Magic square and surfs answer is 15 root2. Well being. Maths mastery. Afl strategies. Flipped learning. Differentiation. Exams Helpline. Mastery assessment papers. Closed questions and higher order thinking | The Wing to Heaven. UKEdChat sur Twitter : "8 Catch-Up Pedagogies Every Teacher Should Know, by @Powley_R. Growing Gritty Learners — Love Learning Ideas. The school Twitter account | Tech-Info-Maths (T.I.M.)
One thing that I have learnt about Twitter is to not force it onto people. I’ll mention it in conversation as somewhere that I found inspiration or a source of (local) news, so that people will hopefully want to find out more. The same can be said when gaining permission to start a Twitter account for a school. A school Twitter account has been created to raise the profile of the school by sharing the positive experiences encountered by the students, staff and community. CC Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones via Compfight It is almost pointless, and quite naive, to say that a school Twitter account is needed without the relevant due diligence. Over a year later, at a new school, with more experience of Twitter and with a position of responsibility I started to draft a proposal that would scream ‘say yes!’. As usual when brainstorming for ideas, I created a mind map, using iThoughtsHD on the iPad. As well as the mind map an example of the type of tweets was also needed.
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