Category Archives: Worksheets

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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Mathematicians are People, Too

From my bookshelf comes a very easy to read book about the history of Mathematics. Mathematicians are People, Too is a delightful book written by Luetta and Wilbert Reimer (1990). The stories are interesting, well written, and have great  illustrations. … Continue reading

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Pi and Place Value

Monday morning. A cold 5 degrees C. I greet twenty year 8 students at the door. There are some smiles and lots of chatter about the weekend. I use my standard line: “Come in if you are intelligent and keen … Continue reading

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Numbers Puzzle

As part of my Puzzlemaths book, I have devised some puzzles of my own. One example is my Numbers Puzzle – shown below: I originally made this puzzle image free, but for most students this was too difficult. Every word … Continue reading

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