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Beautiful, Free Math. Singapore Math Online Practice and Free Worksheets. Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google. Online Maths Assessment and Worksheets. Maths Website. What do a teacher and entrepreneur have in common? “Those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach” The old adage above couldn’t be further from the truth in my opinion.

What do a teacher and entrepreneur have in common?

I like to say “those who can, have unrelenting energy, buckets full of passion, an ability to be masterful communicators and work in sometimes tough conditions, teach” And so begins my thinking that there may be much more in common in the art of teaching and entrepreneurship than may meet the eye. Here are but a few of the traits I believe successful teachers and entrepreneurs share: The art of selling: Mathspace. How we teach addition & subtraction of negative numbers. Notoriously difficult for pupils to understand, I think addition and subtraction of negatives is one of the things that one comes to understand after doing lots of practice.

How we teach addition & subtraction of negative numbers

HOWEVER, that practice needs to be yielding correct answers from the off. It’s no good sending pupils off to do lots of practice if they’re getting it wrong as often as they’re getting it right. Heavily influenced by our reading on working memory, here’s how we teach addition and subtraction of negative numbers: When to start – We start teaching negative numbers at the beginning of year 8. Introducing – We spend the first lesson introducing negative numbers – touching on their history, real-life applications (briefly), finding them on a number line, ordering them, etc. No analogies – When teaching addition and subtraction, we NEVER talk about “two negatives make a positive” or use analogies about ice cubes, good/bad people, or use negative/positive tiles.

Adding and subtracting positive numbers with a positive answer. Tricks and Tips 1: HCF. I recently presented a workshop at the National Mathematics Teacher Conference (#mathsconf2015) entitled 'Tricks and Tips: Clever Methods for Explaining Mathematical Concepts'.

Tricks and Tips 1: HCF

Factorising Harder Quadratics. My pupils panic at the sight of a quadratic with a leading coefficient greater than one.

Factorising Harder Quadratics

I factorise these quadratics by inspection (the 'guess and test' method) but my pupils aren't satisfied with this suggestion - they want a more structured approach. A commonly taught method in the UK involves splitting the middle term in two (sometimes called the 'Grouping Method'). This is explained very clearly here (thanks to SRWhitehouse for this resource). has a PowerPoint explaining this method. It's worth watching James Tanton's video 'Splitting the Middle Term' too. An alternative, which seems easy at first but paves the way for a large number of misconceptions, is the 'slide and divide' method. Nix the Tricks offers an interesting alternative - I've provided two examples here but it's worth reading the book for the full explanation.

It's also worth looking at this post by Don Steward to see his tap top method for finding factors and for lots of helpful practice questions. How to help every child understand ratio. Dividing a quantity unevenly is an abstract idea that most children struggle with.

How to help every child understand ratio

As the problems become more complex, people struggle all the more to see what to do, for example: Jack and Jill share £28 in the ratio 5:2, how much does Jack receive? Jack and Jill share some money in the ratio 5:2. Jack receives £15, how much does Jill receive? Jack and Jill share some money in the ratio 7:3. Times Table Rockstars - Page Site.

Online Version Benefits: As a teacher myself, I know that pupil engagement, learning, time and budget are important.

Times Table Rockstars - Page Site

In the development of TT Rock Stars I've given all these aspects careful consideration. Maths teachers recognise how fundamental times table recall speed is to later success in maths lessons; yet it's not always easy finding engaging ways to do daily practice. TT Rock Stars (the paper version) has been used in many schools across the UK since 2010 and the feedback is that pupils and teachers love it.

Features: As the teacher, you can select which times tables they practice each week. Maths everywhere. I don’t have much truck with “numeracy across the curriculum”.

Maths everywhere

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Join now Dismiss guest. SEN Max flashcards. Soccer Math - Rounding Decimals Game. In this game you will practice your knowledge about rounding decimals to the nearest whole numbers.

Soccer Math - Rounding Decimals Game

You have to answer each question correctly to get a chance to kick the ball. You must score enough goals to move on to the next level! To round a decimal to the nearest whole number, look at the digit that indicates the tenth place value. Because it's the beginning of the year, I'm all about creating math games that can be used to reinforce place value and operations skills.

My two most recent games on this blog, Place Value Top Up and Place Value Yahtzee, have already been extremely popular with teachers. Scaffolding for writing & talking science - AST. Scaffolds for writing and talking are supports for communicating in science-specific ways that may seem unnatural for students. We mean for example that writing causal explanations, talking in small groups about how evidence can be used to back up a claim, or critiquing the ideas of one’s peers in a whole class setting, are not the kinds of communication that students engage in outside of school. Tools can help—these take the form of sentence frames, guides for how to help ELL students practice final explanations, norms for whole class discussion that are developed by students, roles that students can take up in small group activity, and others.

We provide a small sample of the types of scaffolding that are used during ambitious teaching. IELTS Writing Task 1: describing a line graph. Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching - Year 8. The year is divided into 2 parts - 8A and 8B. For each part there is a Pupils' Practice Book. Book 8A covers Units 1 to 11. Book 8B covers Units 12 to 20. Math insights that click.