2018 Planning


Oh my! This will be my 40th year of teaching. And I still love it. Only 8 more sleeps.


I can’t wait for my new classes, students, colleagues and teaching/learning experiences.

My plans so far:

  1. Get to know students quickly (names, likes, dislikes).
  2. Use Sara Vanderwerf’s Week 1 ideas – after all she has posted about week 1 fifteen times!
  3. In particular I like “Name Tents with Feedback”, “100 Number Task” and “Mathfails”. Here is a Math fail I photographed last month:Donuts
  4. Get more feedback from students and act on it. eg. survey questions, pre-tests, exit tickets, etc.
  5. Use more open ended questions eg. Is x squared or x cubed bigger? Explain.
  6. Allow opportunities for movement around the classroom. eg. Leaning stations, Slope Man says, Movement Maths videos, Puzzle Table, etc.
  7. Use “Maths in the News” from the Independent egs. Largest known prime discovered, The perfect age to get married is 26.
  8. Have fun with students egs. Nicknames, Instead of “Where’s Waldo” play “Where’s Molly”, celebrate birthdays.
  9. Show students the beauty and wonder of Mathematics eg. Numberphile videos.
  10. Finally, I wonder if they will like my new Teddy and think up a good name for him?


About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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