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The art of teaching anti-functional maths
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]