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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Question of the Week 1: Probability Tree Diagram
The following question is taken from my website Diagnostic Questions. Here you will find 1000s of high quality maths questions, ideal for assessment for [...]
Article: Transition in Secondary Maths
For the first eight years of my teaching career, I had been making a huge mistake. At the start of September each year, confronted by an eager, fresh-faced [...]
Article: Preparing for the new Maths Curriculum
I must confess, when I first heard about the changes to the maths curriculum, I was not overly concerned. I still have vivid memories of the last so-called [...]
Article: The Power of the Puzzle
The other Saturday I was fortunate enough to attend the first birthday party of the beautiful daughter of two of my best friends. Whilst everyone was [...]
Article: Why I Love PowerPoint
I use PowerPoint in every single maths lesson I teach. If “death by PowerPoint” was an actual disease, most of my students would not make it to October [...]
Article: The Mathematics of Dating
Can maths help you find true love? Many may argue quite the opposite – that the mere mention of the beauty of a quadratic equation or the perils of a small [...]
Article: Making the Most of Tarsia Jigsaws
When I first began my teaching career, Tarsia Jigsaws were the new kid on the block. You could not go to a maths conference without being armed with a pair [...]
Article: Probing Questions
There are some dangerous myths that perpetrate the world of mathematics: “two minuses equal a plus” and “one is a prime number” always bring me out in cold [...]
Article: Probably not a good idea
On a cold and breezy Sunday afternoon, with cup of tea in one hand and red pen in the other, I found myself marking a stack of Year 7 assessment papers. [...]
Article: Over-reliance on Resources
As I write this article, there are over 22,000 secondary mathematics resources on TES. That does not include all the primary resources that would also be [...]
Article – Misconceptions: Dividing by Decimals
Consider the following that I took from a student’s book. Is this something you have seen before? What do you think the student’s reasoning is? What’s the [...]
Article – Misconceptions: Solving Equations
Consider the following that I took from a student’s book. Is this something you have seen before? What do you think the student’s reasoning is? What’s the [...]
Article – Misconception: Adding Fractions
Consider the following that I took from a student’s book. Is this something you have seen before? What do you think the student’s reasoning is? What’s the [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: Engaging Maths Resources
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. I’m [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: Quadratics
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: Probability
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. There [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: Transformations
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: Homework Ideas
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: Perimeter, Area and Volume
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. [...]
TES Top 10 Resources: A Level Statisitics
The following collection of resources have been assembled by the TES Maths Panel. They can be downloaded for free by registering on the TES website. [...]