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Rhombisaurus

I was so inspired by @MrNiksMathClass square counting activity in the shape of a shark, that I decided to create my own. Each class I have used this with have loved it and learnt about like terms and square numbers. … Continue reading

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Ride Like A Girl

On a recent flight from Perth to Melbourne I perused the movie list and chose “Ride Like A Girl” directed by Rachel Griffiths. I don’t intend this post to be a movie review but do yourself a favor and watch … Continue reading

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Join the Dots

I was planning a decimals lesson for my year 7 class. Upon searching Colin Fosters excellent resources I noticed: “Oral work: Go around the class counting up in 0.3’s, say, beginning at 5. Will we ever hit 100? What’s the … Continue reading

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Maths Warmups

Many Math Blogs have good ideas for starting a Maths lesson. For example: WODB Would You Rather Always, Sometimes, Never Transum Solve My Maths When I started teaching Maths (37 years ago!) my mentors impressed on me the importance of … Continue reading

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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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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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Spaced Practice and Mathematics

There is plenty of support for the notion that spaced practice will help consolidate information into long term memory. For example John Hattie’s work where it ranks 12th in his table of effect sizes with a value of 0.71.   So … Continue reading

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Garden Design

I love watching students get absorbed in a creative design task. As a Maths teacher this is satisfying for a number of reasons: 1. A rich task naturally differentiates; their are multiple entry and exit points 2. Creating is on … Continue reading

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Risk your Quadratic skills

My last post about this great revision game was “Risk your Algebra skills“. In Year 11 Maths Methods, we have been learning about Quadratic equations. Like most classes there is a wide range of abilities. Some kids get quadratics and … Continue reading

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Introduction to Year 8 Integers

I glance at the classroom door nervously (after 35 years teaching?!?!). My new year 8 class should be arriving in the next few minutes. Will they be as good as my year 8’s last year, which was my favourite class? … Continue reading

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