Category Archives: Personal

Hulk Smash!

How important is a “hook” into a lesson? Imagine this: A teacher runs across the room, jumps in the air and falls to the ground with his fists punching the floor, yelling “hulk smash”. For greater effect he would have … Continue reading

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The Quilt

Sun streams in, as young minds do battle. Youth blossoms with potential, but struggles with meaning. A quilt hangs in all its glory, with names adorned from the past. A link exists, which brings great sadness. Oh life, Oh death, … Continue reading

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Resources ….

As a young first year teacher in 1980, I had many things to learn. I started searching for and making resources to help my students learn. The smell of methylated spirits from using a spirit duplicator is still a vivid … Continue reading

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Emotional Blackmail Backfires

I tried a new strategy to try to motivate my Year 9 Maths class. It went like this: 1. Friday morning. I meet my year 9’s at the door. As usual there are stragglers. 2. I tell the class that … Continue reading

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A Short History of Mathematics Teaching and Learning Part 1

As I progress through my 36th year of teaching, I can’t help but reflect on the many changes that have taken place. As a secondary student I did not have a calculator until Year 12. And so I depended on: … Continue reading

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Teachers should take risks

The following journal article: Risk Taking: A Distinguishing Factor of Good versus Great Teachers by Gayle A. Brazeau, PhD, finishes with the statement: “Perhaps risk taking is what in the end distinguishes a good teacher from a great teacher”. With this … Continue reading

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Resonance

Resonance: Richness or significance, especially in evoking an association or strong emotion. Occasionally I come across blog posts that strongly resonate with my beliefs about education. Here are 3 examples that have evoked strong emotion in me lately: 1. Why … Continue reading

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4 More Sleeps

The summer holidays are nearly over. As usual I can’t wait to get back to school. I have had the time to do lots of reading (fiction and mathematics) and to do some planning for this years classes. But nothing … Continue reading

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Teaching in 2013 – I can’t wait

At this stage of the summer holidays I get restless. I want to be back at school. I can’t wait to meet my new students. Will they be keen and excited to be back at school? Can I inspire them … Continue reading

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Holiday Maths

On a recent holiday to Bali, I was lucky to stay at the magnificent Royal Pita Maha. This is by far the best Hotel/Resort I have ever seen. I quote from their website: “The Royal Pita Maha is a captivating … Continue reading

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