Musings of a mathematical magpie
If you’ve had a look through this blog before, you might have read the “about me” section at the side where I explain that I did a history degree before going on to become a maths teacher. This information mildly interests some people, worries others, and sends a select bunch into a heightened state of moral outrage. This last group – the righteously indignant - are of course the most entertaining, and I’ve learned to develop a thick skin when they air their short-sighted opinions. Upon hearing the news that I had a history degree, one man abruptly stopped the perfectly pleasant conversation we were having and started spluttering “I wouldn’t let you anywhere near children” before walking off. Another person reacted by saying that I could never be taken seriously as a professional and surely I should be teaching primary school children.

maths sandpit
Well folks, the end is in sight! Soon Y11 will be on study leave. Sure, there will be those conscientious few who come in for help or revision sessions, but the majority of pupils need the next month to considate their learning and be ready for their exams. Are these teenagers buzzing with energy and keen to work? No. They are tired of being told about exam technique and interpreting questions.
10 Resources for Pi Day
March 14th is Pi Day every year. It’s a great way of encouraging young and old children to think about maths, shape and special numbers. 1) The Pi Day site has lots of information about the number Pi, with videos and sightings of Pi around the web.

Secondary Maths Teaching Inspiration
If I had £1 for every time I heard ‘I don’t get it!’, I could probably buy a new (modestly sized) car. That phrase is banned in my classroom. What does ‘get’ mean?
MathsPad
Whilst looking at some TES Resources I came across an excellent interactive from MathsPad, a site with a growing collection of resources for teachers and students. The site is easy to navigate with a clear menu at the top of the various pages. The various interactives are attractive and display very well on the interactive whiteboard. Many of these would make excellent starters or plenaries.

Math Tools
A community library of technology tools, lessons, activities, and support materials for teaching and learning mathematics. New to Math Tools? Welcome! There's a lot of stuff in here. Join our community! View our Orientation to get some ideas of how to make the most of this resource.

Mr Mathematics Blog
Teaching the calculation of\relationships between interior and exterior angles of polygons has been a favourite topic of mine since I became a teacher. I enjoy the range of interconnected relationships just waiting to be discovered and explained, once the sum of exterior angles is understood. For years I had sought how to best teach this so the students too could appreciate such geometrical beauty.
Math Homework Help
Welcome to the fun and challenge of mathematics! On this page, you will find resources to help students master the basics of mathematics of numbers and number operations. Videos and tutorials explain basic operations and help with the mastery of math skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--essential building blocks for success in mathematics.

More than a maths teacher
In his book Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable, Seth Godin, a marketing expert, argues that advertising is less effective than it used to be because we are bombarded by adverts – which we tend to ignore. His solution is to have an amazing product – a purple cow in a field of black and white cows, so that it stands out and really captures the imagination. In his presentation at TM Bett 14, Julian Wood suggested that something similar could be done in our classrooms. That got me thinking. Which of my lessons stand out and grab the students attention?
Maths Maps
I am excited to introduce you to my new project idea that I hope will result in some engaging content for our classes. It is collaborative in the same way the Interesting Ways resources are and I will need your help to make it a success. Elevator Pitch Using Google Maps.Maths activities in different places around the world.One location, one maths topic, one map.Activities explained in placemarks in Google Maps.Placemarks geotagged to the maths it refers to. “How wide is this swimming pool?”

Mr Reddy Maths Blog
There seems to be a current surge from Heads of Maths and KS3 Maths Coordinators looking to adopt more of a mastery approach to teaching maths. This post is a quick run through of the journey the curriculum at King Solomon Academy has gone through and concludes with some advice … Read more → 11:33 TES Team: Hello and welcome to TES Maths Week. We’ll be joined from 7pm by DfE minister Liz Truss, who’ll be answering your questions on maths in the new primary and secondary curriculum.