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The art of teaching anti-functional maths

I have started writing for a new TES blog. Below is my first article on what I see are the dangers of an over-emphasis on so-called functional or real life [...]

July 8, 2015

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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. [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

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 [...]

May 31, 2014

Article – Misconception: Two Minuses make a Plus

Advert: 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 [...]

May 21, 2014

Article – A Level Maths

Advert: It’s that time of year again. Very soon, those of us who teach A Level will be faced with a class-full of Year 12 students, fresh from six weeks of [...]

May 21, 2014

Article – Homework in Maths

Advert: I’ll be honest – I hate marking. It is by far the least enjoyable part of my job. Give me a lesson on compound measures to prepare, a classroom to [...]

May 21, 2014

Article – Flipping the Classroom

Advert: Trends and concepts come and go in all walks of life, but they are rarely more prevalent or transient than in the world of education. One such [...]

May 21, 2014

Article – Maths Blogs

Advert: Is there a way of introducing algebra that will not make my students groan? How can I bring some fun into the properties of quadrilaterals? How do [...]

May 21, 2014

Article – 3 Act Math

Advert: Here is an exam question from a recent Mechanics module paper: “A particle is moving in a straight line from O to P with a constant acceleration of [...]

May 21, 2014

Article – Dotty Thinking (the video!)

This is a video to accompany my article for the TES Magazine (“Dotty Thinking”) that offers up a simple, fun idea to get students engaged and [...]

May 21, 2014

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