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Loving your subject “To explain something to someone is first of all to show him he cannot understand it by himself.”Jacques Ranciere The previous post in this series looked at developing a love of Mathematics itself, and how an appreciation of the history and impact of Mathematics makes a difference to your team’s practice in the classroom. This time around, I’ll be talking about how an appreciation of pedagogy, the philosophy of Mathematics education and what engaging students in the subject really means (spoiler: it doesn’t mean ‘fun’ tasks for their own sake). So let’s begin. The Teacher Who Believes Math Equals Love : NPR Ed What makes a great teacher great? That's the question at the heart of 50 Great Teachers, from the NPR Ed Team. For her trigonometry class, Sarah Hagan (center) uses everything but the kitchen sink: a flower pot, garbage basket, rolls of tape, rubber balls, even loose spaghetti. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption toggle caption Elissa Nadworny/NPR

Mathematics The Common Core State Standards call for students to engage in rigorous content work, developing both conceptual and procedural understandings of mathematics and applying their understanding to solve authentic problems. In order for all students to develop this in-depth knowledge of mathematics, teachers must teach ambitiously. Our vision of ambitious mathematics instruction is guided by a set of principles about children and the work of teaching. These include viewing children as sense-makers and knowing students as individuals and learners. Teachers must provide all students with equitable access to rigorous academic work and be responsive to the requirements of the school environment while at the same time working to improve schools as institutions in a democracy.

School Techie: 5 Great Simple Machines Sites Number BalanceGrades: 1-3 Summary: Use the idea of the sea saw to balance the equation. Great way to show the students which side has a the greater sum. How to integrate: Shared, Modeled Make XGrades: 3-5Summary: Arrange the cards and arithmetic signs into a formula that makes X. You can use any of the operations to reach the goal. WEBSITE - A Website For Students Who Think They Hate Maths The best resource for a student that thinks they hate math is a great teacher. But what about the best resource for that teacher? Beyond an active imagination, ability to relate to students, and an incredibly strong content knowledge themselves, it may not get much better than Numberphile . Practical tips for a (newly) qualified maths teacher Student teachers, NQTs and experienced teachers have one thing in common - they haven't got it all figured out yet. I certainly haven't - every year I try to use my time more effectively and teach maths more effectively. Here's my top ten tips for newbies. 1. Plans At my school we used to have 4.5 periods a week to teach A level. That was reduced to 4 periods a week due to budget cuts - a loss of around 15 teaching hours.

Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp In this article I would like to dissect the Math curriculum here in Ontario and focus on the process of mathematics. From the Ontario curriculum document: Problem Solving Problem solving is central to learning mathematics. By learning to solve problems and by learning through problem solving, students are given numerous opportunities to connect mathematical ideas and to develop conceptual understanding.

rkboard Connections: 5 Math Games Every Classroom Needs to Play Guest post by Leigh Langton Hey guys! It's Leigh from The Applicious Teacher! I am super excited to be blogging at Corkboard Connections today. Top rated maths activities - Top rated maths activities Mean from Frequency Tables Compound Interest Calculator AlgebrAAAARGH Yes, another algebra post. Today I was teaching a new (to me) Year 7 middle group algebra. This was their first experience of algebra – at Secondary anyway. I was sadly not surprised that when I announced we were doing algebra for this lesson, the ENTIRE class groaned and booed. Consider that for a moment. They’ve NEVER done algebra at this school, they’re 11 years old, and yet they already have this preconceived idea that the lesson was going to be shite and boring because it has the word algebra in the title.

21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts “Let's face it; by and large math is not easy, but that's what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math can be pretty tough, but since it is the language in which scientists interpret the Universe, there’s really no getting around learning it.