On this episode of the **Mr Barton Maths Podcast**, I spoke to Ed Southall.

As well as being a prolific blogger and Tweeter, Ed is the PGCE Mathematics Tutor at the University of Huddersfield. Interestingly, he combines this role with teaching in a local secondary school two days a week, thus giving him something of a unique perspective on both maths teaching and training.

In a wide ranging, interview we covered the following things and more:

– How does Ed use Concept Mapping to plan sequences of lessons?

– What classic mistake does Ed think many teachers make in the plenary of their lessons?

– What so-called conventional wisdom does Ed hear about good lessons that he does not agree with – and fans of purple pens and lesson objectives, beware!

– Ed brilliantly describes a bad lesson he taught and what he learned from it

– We talk about Ed’s forthcoming book about uncovering the “why” behind mathematics

– Why is creating a safe maths environment so important, and how does Ed do that?

– What does Ed mean by a “Safe Lesson”, and why should every teacher have one up their sleeve?

– If Ed could completely redesign teacher training what would it include?

– How should differentiation best be done?

– What books would Ed recommend maths teachers to read?

– And Ed gives a lovely answer to the question “What do you wish you had known when you started teaching that you know now?”

Remember to check out our brand new, completely free Diagnostic Questions GCSE Scheme of Work is now live. Head over to **diagnositcquestions.com** and sign in to find out more.

You may have noticed that **mrbartonmaths.com** has had a long overdue summer make-over. I am particularly proud of my new **Topic section**, where you can find full lesson, worksheets, videos, rich tasks, topic-specific Diagnostic Questions, interactive resources and probing questions on every single maths topic up to GCSE. More importantly, I also have a new **maths jokes and puns page**, containing award winning maths movie title puns such as Pi Hard, Factor the Future, and Radius of the lost Arc. The last one is probably the best thing I have ever come up with in my life. Head to **mrbartonmaths.com** to check all the new stuff out.

On Twitter, Ed is **@solvemymaths**

Ed’s Blog is **solvemymaths.com**

And Ed’s lovely profile on the University of Huddersfield website is **here**

The “current obsession” I refer to is Mr Taylor’s amazing “Increasingly Difficult Questions”, which can be found on his **blog here**, and they are also linked to by topic in the **Topic section** of my website. Simply find the topic you are after and click Lessons.

To see the books Ed recommends teachers to read, please visit: **mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/books/**

Ed Southall’s Big 3:

1. **openmiddle.com**

2. **Aplusclick.com**

3. **jamestanton.com**

Just the usual plea that if you are enjoying these podcasts, to please leave a star-rating, or a quick review on iTunes. It just keeps a numbers geek like myself very happy. Not that I check my iTunes ranking every night, or anything…

Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!

Craig Barton

I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:**mrbartonnmaths.com**

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## 2 thoughts on “Ed Southall – SolveMyMaths and Mathematics PGCE Tutor”

Dear Craig

At about 2:03, you mentioned your ‘current obsession’ is the increasing difficult questions on…..I cant quite make it out as Ed responds just as you mention where ever it is. Would you be able to let me know what that was? Sorry I am not twitter educated or I would ask that way.

Many thanks

Sheila Greenaway

Hello! I have now added links to them in the show notes, and they can be found here http://taylorda01.weebly.com/increasingly-difficult-questions.html