Would You Rather? | Asking students to choose their own path and justify it Go Maths A+Click SMS | A+Click SMS stands for Short Math Situation. Don’t confuse with SMS (Short Message Service), which is used as an acronym for all types of short text messaging. The last one is the most widely used data application in the world with several billion active users. If the length of the SMS text messages is limited to 140 characters, the Short Math Situation questions are limited to 64 characters. A+Click SMS are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 52 – 28 = 4 Which digit do I move to make the equation correct? 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. A+Click SMS Part 2 Like this: Like Loading...
Find the Factors | A Multiplication Based Logic Puzzle 5 Maths Gems #34 Hello and welcome to my 34th gems post. This is where I share five teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. The summer holidays are finally here! Let's be honest though - although it's lovely to have the opportunity to rest and play, the majority of us do a fair amount of school work over summer - creating resources, organising and tidying, preparing for September, catching up on reading... Have you read all 34 of my gems posts? Now's a good time to start! 1. 2. I love this prime clock from the brilliant Minimal Math Concepts. Whilst on the subject of primes, check out this excellent primes and factors puzzle from @LearningMaths: @LearningMaths always produces excellent resources. If you want to take this idea further, your class could design and produce a maths alphabet poster like the examples shown below. 4. 5. Recommended Reading This summer @DrBennison and @MissNorledge are undertaking an impressive #summerblogchallenge. Here's a few recent posts that I recommend: Update
5 Maths Gems #8 I enjoyed meeting many of you at La Salle Education's National Mathematics Teacher Conference yesterday. It was a fantastic opportunity for sharing ideas. But 500 maths teachers out of 350,000 is a drop in the ocean. It's such a shame that so many schools weren't represented. Although there are some pockets of collaboration throughout the UK, for example through regional TeachMeets, the fact is that the majority of UK maths teachers live in a bubble. Through no fault of their own, they know very little about approaches taken in other schools - including pedagogy, curriculum design and new technologies. When Dr Vanessa Pittard from the Department for Education talked about Shanghai (am I the only one starting to get a bit bored with Shanghai?) This weekend, 500 maths teachers gave up a precious Saturday to learn from each other. Now for my weekly maths gems. 1. This got me thinking about my ideal classroom. 2. 3. 4. 5. Final thoughts
5 Maths Gems #18 Most of my readers probably already subscribe to Chris Smith's lovely maths newsletter. Full of teaching ideas, puzzles, jokes and mathematical trivia, it's a joy to receive every week. Chris has been producing the newsletter since 2007 when he was a wee NQT. Amongst other things, the newsletter is a fantastic mechanism for sharing good practice. Chris now has over 900 newsletter subscribers. This week he published his 303rd issue. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. In Issue 27, Chris featured an idea from TES which is designed to encourage students to revise for tests. “I gave each pupil an A4 sheet of paper with their name and my signature on it and told them they had a test coming up and they were allowed to bring the blank page in with them. At the end of the test, I collected their sheets to look at them in more detail. Puzzles Each of Chris's newsletters features a puzzle - here's two that I particularly liked (answers are at the bottom of this post): And finally, two bits of trivia:
5 Maths Gems #25 Back in Gems 18 I featured five ideas from the first 100 issues of Chris Smith's newsletters. I promised I'd be back with more newsletter gems, so today's post features some highlights from issues 101 - 250. Chris's newsletters are very popular amongst maths teachers - he now has over 1,000 subscribers. Each week's newsletter is full of teaching ideas, puzzles, jokes and mathematical trivia - it's always a pleasure to read. If you don't already subscribe, email Chris to get on the list. 1. 2. 3. There's three key points that students need to remember about bearings. This idea originated from @kimmychuck and featured in Newsletter 245. 4. In my post about Desmos Polygraph I described it as a digital (and mathematical) version of Guess Who. 5. These animated factorisation diagrams are lovely. The animation is mesmorising. Finally, I found this article about mathematical gravestones really interesting: Did you catch the other two posts I wrote over half-term?
5 Maths Gems #28 Hello and welcome to my 28th gems post. This is where I share five teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. 1. Math Snacks I spotted a tweet from @fawnpnguyen about the website mathsnacks.com. The website's tagline is 'Smart educational animations, mini-games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts'. The other animations are also worth a look. 2. Adam Creen (@adamcreen) had a great idea for a related lesson - he produced a Mulholland Graphs activity in which students were asked to produce corrected graphs. 3. Both websites are fantastic for a resourceaholic like me and I look forward to seeing them grow. 4. We now need to teach 'Fibonacci type sequences, quadratic sequences and simple geometric progressions... and other sequences'. I want to start adding resources for new GCSE topics to my libraries so do let me know if you make or find something good.5. #mathsTLP (Twitter Lesson Planning) continues to go really well (read my post about it here).
5 Maths Gems #29 Hello and welcome to my 29th Maths Gems. This is where I share five teaching ideas and resources I've seen on Twitter. 1. Nix the Tricks Videos I've long been a fan of the book Nix the Tricks - I think it should be compulsory reading for all trainee maths teachers. 2. 3. When I teach Year 12 students to use a quadrant when solving trigonometric equations, they (just about!) 4. The website MathsPad has lots of free resources and the rest are available for a small subscription charge. 5. I'm very impressed by the dedication of Chris Smith (@aap03102) and his colleagues who gave up a weekend to run a maths camp for their Sixth Form students. Update I have one more week with my Year 11s and 12s before they start Study Leave. I'm a Year 11 form tutor so there's a lot going on this week (including plenty of cake eating!). If you missed #mathschat on Wednesday then do check out the summary. Events Two days later, on Saturday 27th June, I'm presenting at the MEI Conference in Bath.
5 Maths Gems #30 Hi and welcome to my 30th gems post. This is where I share some of the best teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. 1. Construction Comics Back in Gems 4 I featured Paul Collins' (@mrprcollins) brilliant comic resources for teaching constructions. In his post he suggests some opportunities to use these resources in the classroom. I haven't taught constructions this year so I've not yet had a chance to use these resources, or the awesome Euclid the Game (featured in Gems 21). I loved the work shared by my namesake Mrs Morgan (@em0rgan) on Twitter this week. 2. Thanks to @OxfordEdMaths for sharing a set of excellent A level assessments for C1 - C4, D1, D2, FP1, FP2, M1, M2, S1 and S2. Speaking of A level resources, do check out the website 0a explains: Calculus (with pics and gifs) -thanks to @mathhombre and @solvemymaths for sharing this. 3. 4. 5. I've seen some lovely activities and questions on Twitter this week. @MathedUp shared this 'Negative numbers code-breaker activity with a twist'.
5 Maths Gems #31 Hello and welcome to my 31st gems post. This is where I share some of the best teaching ideas I've seen on Twitter. 1. Ratio tables The new GCSE is going to have an increased focus on proportional reasoning. I enjoyed @MissNorledge's post about using ratio tables for non-calculator conversions. It's a logical way to structure thinking. Miss Norledge helpfully provides a 'Master the Basics' worksheet on ratio tables. This approach can be used for any kind of conversion. 2. 3. I really like the look of Alexander Cameron's (@AlexandeCameron) diagnostic assessments. For more information about Alexander's assessments see his TeachMeet presentation. 4. 5. Thank you to @MrPontinMaths for sharing this and an associated worksheet - 'The Hot Dog Buns Dilemma'. Update If you haven't seen my Pret homework website then do have a look. Did you see the Venn Diagram Subject Knowledge Check I produced ? I'll leave you with this mathematical limerick, shared by @MrBenWard.
MathsMuggle: Starter activity - Number of the Day I should start this post by explaining that this isn't my idea and I'm afraid that I have no clue where the original idea came from. If you know, I'd be interested to hear from you. My version of Number of the Day has been adapted from something that a colleague showed me about 5 years ago. I find this to be a very effective starter activity for a Maths lesson. The teacher can choose to include all of the questions or just some by ticking the small boxes. For me, the real strength of this activity is the almost endless differentiation. If you'd like to try this starter out for yourself, you can find the PowerPoint file here.