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]]>To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, **Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

I have discussed before how much I adore probability, and yet it continues to be a topic that many students find tough to grasp. I believe that is due to the abstract nature of the topics. Probabilities of 0.34 and ⅖ may mean very little to students, and hence they have no way of judging the validity of their answers or forming the deep structures needed to fully understand the topic. Therefore, any resource that can make probability a little more concrete is always going to go down a storm with me. And this is exactly what Fairground Probability does. Students are presented with 8 classic fairground games and asked to work out the percentage of winning each one. Along the way they cover sample spaces and tree diagrams, as well as looking at dependent and independent events. It is pretty much the entirety of GCSE probability all wrapped up into one lovely activity.

**How can it be used?**

Such an activity lends itself particularly well to students working in small groups. You could give them all 8 games out at once, or set this up as a carousel activity whereby students get to spend 5 minutes analysing each game before moving on. To aid the move from abstract to concrete it would be great to provide students with some physical materials, such as dice and spinners so they could try out the games to get a sense of their answers match up in practice. Finally, alongside the lovely extension material provided there is also the opportunity to have students produce their own fairground game and work out its probability. Or – and this is a classic – can they design a game that has a given probability of being won?

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download: Fairground Probability
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]]>This is Part 2 of my interview with Dani Quinn, the Head of Maths at **Michaela Community School** (Part 1 can be found **here**). Before we go any further, I feel I must clear a few things up. Firstly, I do not receive money or gifts or products or anything like that for having particular guest on the show, as has been claimed by some – although if representatives from Adidas, Apple, or Caribbean Cruises would like to be interviewed, then those rules could easily be changed. Likewise, I am not under any pressure whatsoever from anyone to have particular guests on the show. I choose who I find interesting and who I hope my listeners will find interesting. Secondly, if you disagree with what I say, or what my guests say, then that is absolutely fine. In fact, I encourage it. If you choose to air your disagreements on Twitter, copying in the likes of Ofsted, Nick Gibb, the NSPCC, the DfE and The Christian Society, then that is also fine. It is your right, after all. But if you make personal insults towards my guests who have given up hours of their free time, or tell me (as two people did) to “go to hell”, then I am unlikely to engage in debate with you. Whenever I say “I will see you on the other side” just before I introduce each guest, I didn’t quite expect the other side to be interpreted as the fiery gates of the underworld. I do these podcasts because they make me think about my own practice, learn things, strive to get better, and because I get to enjoy conversations with some of my heroes. If you want to debate, then brilliant, just try not to be a *?!* about it.

Anyway, onto the show. Now this interview is essentially split up into three sections.

Section 1 wasn’t really supposed to be a section at all – more of a quick way to introduce Part 2. But it led us into some unexpected and fascinating territory.

– I asked Dani what it is like to be head of maths in arguably the most scrutinised school in the country

– Why does she feel internal scrutiny more than external scrutiny, and why is this a good thing?

– Why are staff at Michaela so honest in their evaluations of each other both in and out of lessons – I found this bit fascinating, and I am sure the haters will have a field day with this one!

– How do Dani – and Michaela staff as a whole – react to something so public, like “angle-gate”?

Section 2 is the big one – behaviour at Michaela

– What is the philosophy underpinning the behaviour policy at Michaela?

– How does the system of merits and demerits work?

– On the spot we invent the game “Merit, De-merit, Nothing or Impossible at Michaela” (I need to work a little on the title before I sell this to And and Dec for millions) to see how common student behaviours would be dealt with at Michaela

– How does the policy of “no exceptions” or “no excuses” work when faced with students with particularly difficult circumstances?

– How do students who join the school mid-year cope with such a shift in culture and practice?

Section 3 returns to the topic of teaching mathematics,

– How do drills in maths lessons work at Michaela?

– How does Dani prevent students valuing speed ahead of accuracy?

– How does Dani decide which “tricks” or shortcuts are acceptable to be used in Drills, and which are not?

– We dig deeper into teaching the how before the why – something that I am fascinated about at the moment

– And then – after getting on so well over two podcasts and 6 hours of conversation – it all falls apart when Dani and I clash on the use of mistakes and misconceptions during explicit instruction. Should students be confronted with common incorrect procedures in a bid to convince them why they are wrong, or does this do them more harm than good? You’ll have to stick around to the end to find out.

You know what I am going to say here – I think this is a fascinating conversation. Whether you agree or not with what Dani says, and the philosophies and practices at Michaela as a whole, two things remain unequivocally true. Firstly, you cannot fault Dani’s enthusiasm, passion and dedication to what she believes in. Secondly, I guarantee it will make you think.

On Twitter Dani is **@danicquinn**

Her excellent blog can be found at: **missquinnmaths.wordpress.com/**

My educational research page can be found at: **mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/research/**

Dani Quinn’s Big 3

1. **Median Maths Blog**

2. **UKMT Past Papers**

3. **David Rayner Textbooks**

Dani’s Book recommendations:

**Seven Myths About Education
**

You can find all the books my podcast guests have recommended here: **mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/books/**

If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your colleagues, leave a review on iTunes if you have time, and feel free to give me a shout on Twitter where I am **@mrbartonmaths**

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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]]>With examinations fast approaching, revision is now firmly on the brain. To help your students feel prepared for any question, I’ve pulled together this collection of classroom-ready resources, ideal for recapping key topics on the new GCSE and A-level specifications.

As always, a big thank you must go to the ever-talented Tes Maths community for contributing their imaginative and engaging ideas. With these activities, notes and worksheets, pupils are sure to feel secure in their mathematical ability as they turn over that exam paper for the first time.

**Multiple-choice quizzes**

Designed for those taking the higher exam, this collection of multiple-choice quizzes covers 13 key skills and provides an engaging way for students to ensure that their knowledge is secure.**Handy revision mats**

Take the stress out of revision with these mats, which are comprised of multi-mark questions covering a wide range skills, from solving linear equations to interpreting distance-time graphs.**Topic-based revision clocks**

Revision clocks are back! Focusing on tricky four-mark questions and complete with a mark scheme, this very timely resource offers a unique format for revising six different topic areas.**Maths revision race**

This revision tool, consisting of 15 foundation-level questions, encourages a bit of healthy competition and is particularly helpful in helping pupils to identify gaps in their knowledge.**Beat the clock game**

Suitable for both foundation and higher classes, this simple activity is ideal for getting students to practise answering straightforward questions quickly and effectively within an allotted time.

For even more revision inspiration, look back at our **dedicated GCSE revision collection**, including both general and tier-specific lesson ideas.

**C1 revision notes**

Designed for the Edexcel specification but applicable to most boards, these hand-written, student-friendly revision notes provide a visually attractive way of recapping key learning points.**Revision relay game**

Get learners flying through exam-style questions related to the C2 module with this highly engaging relay structure, which comes complete with detailed teacher instructions.**More revision races**

Covering a number of different modules, these races offer ample opportunity for students to check their understanding of a range of topic areas in a competitive classroom environment.**General assessments**

Realistic, exam-style practice is crucial and these comprehensive assessment sheets provide exactly that. They can be used in class or at home and are perfect for revision across the boards.**Homework packs**

Jam-packed with exam questions, these workbooks are ideal for recapping specific topics outside of the classroom. There are even separate answer booklets to help make marking simple.

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]]>To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, **Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

I love a relay race. Okay, it can become a little bit on the hectic side, but in my experience this is more than made up for by the fact that students seem to get through considerably more work than they would in a normal lesson. There is something about the increased levels of engagement and focus that such competition brings. And this relay activity is particularly impressive given that it covers most of the key algebra skills that students will need for their GCSEs. Throughout the 10 rounds we cover expanding brackets, factorising, substitution, solving linear equations and identifying expressions, equations and formula. The choice and progression through the questions is outstanding. Best of all the answers are also provided, saving us busy teachers a good amount of precious minutes.

**How can it be used?**

This activity is perfect for GCSE revision, but also more than suitable for younger year groups. The rounds increase in difficulty, so there is no problem chopping off a few of the later rounds if they prove too challenging. The author provides some really nice suggestions and variations for running this activity, and I can do little better than to share their thoughts:

Depending on ability I give different guidance. For top groups I say how many are incorrect but do not identify which ones and for lower ability I point out the questions they need to work on.

Makes for a very fun and competitive lesson. Feel free to make up your own rules to direct the game. I use time outs for cheating (or running!) and give a merit to the pair who has completed the most rounds. For some groups I create an accuracy prize as well so it’s not all about speed.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download: Algebra Relay Races
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]]>To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, **Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

Despite being a little bit of an arachnophobe, I have been very pleased to see a growing number of these “spider” activities appearing on TES. They are simply ideal for getting students to practise key skills in an engaging way, whilst at the same time allowing them to spot patterns and make connections. This particular one on brackets is a prime example. Students are challenged to complete spiders that start with the basics of expanding double brackets, right through to factorising tricky quadratics. They do this by filling out the missing boxes in the brackets spider. As with all good resources, students get through a large amount of important work without necessarily realising it.

**How can it be used?**

This set of sheets provides ideal practice following the introduction of brackets, or as part of a revision exercise. Students can work together, or on their own, and can be challenged to identify which squares they found the trickiest to complete and discuss why that might be the case. Best of all (and I love it when this is the case) the answers are provided, which makes maring a breeze. The author has also kindly provided a template, which could be used by the teacher to create their own examples, but better still give this to the students. If they can both complete and create spiders, then we can be pretty sure that they understanding is secure.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

Download: **Expanding Bracket Spiders**

View the **author’s other resources**

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]]>Here are my April selections. Just click on the resource description to download it.

And of course, all the resources selected are completely free. You just need to register on the TES website to download them. And as ever, a huge thank you to all the teachers who share resources. You make TES what it is

1st April: A lovely problem-solving question on perimeter, ideal for Years 5 to 9

2nd April: A set of differentiated worksheets on working with algebraic indices

3rd April: Practise percentage increase/decrease via Supermarket Sweep!

4th April: 3 ideal trigonometry codebreakers on SOHCAHTOA and Sine/Cosine rules

5th April: A well structured & resourced lesson on the basics of place value

6th April: I could do with these myself – a series of lessons on Financial Maths

7th April: An excellent end of topic fractions summary quiz on PowerPoint with answers!

8th April: A superb lesson on expanding single brackets

9th April: Resources to cover the basics of negative numbers, then a problem solving twist!

10th April: A lovely lesson on associative and distributive laws

11th April: A lovely set of activities on classifying regular and irregular polygons

12th April: Thoughts and Crosses returns with Volume of a Frustum!

13th April: The complete guide to Box Plots using the TI Inspire calculator

14th April: A delightful BIDMAS activity involving adding brackets

15th April: A differentiated set of worksheets on solving simultaneous equations

16th April: Worksheets from the basics of linear equations to worded questions

17th April: Complete lesson on completing the square, including turning points

18th April: A superb, challenging lesson on all aspects of fractions, complete with answers

19th April: These algebraic expression spiders are a thing of beauty

20th April: Lovely activity to help students develop the vocab to describe sequences

21st April: An ideal, scaffolded worksheet on calculating surface area of prisms

22nd April: I love this rearranging formula match-up activity

23rd April: An epic collection of starter questions on completing the square

24th April: A superb set of challenging ratio questions ideal for the new GCSE

25th April: This Capture-Recapture lesson is perfect for the new Edexcel Higher GCSE

26th April: A fantastic Venn Diagram lesson, suitable for GCSE or A Level students

27th April: A great resource for building confidence in unstructured trigonometry questions

28th April: This might well be my favourite expanding brackets activity ever

29th April: A really clear lesson on division of fractions by a whole number

30th April: A really engaging lesson idea for working with scale and bearings

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

There is little doubt (at least in my mind anyway!) that developing student’s fluency in mental calculations is absolutely crucial for their mathematical development. If students are using valuable working memory capacity dealing with times tables or simple subtractions then they have little chance of success when it comes to more complex problems. Hence, any resource that allows students to practise these key skills, but in an engaging way, is always going to go down a storm with me. And that is exactly what this collection of wonderful numeracy races do. It is such a simple idea – students must complete the circuit around the track as quickly as possible, answering questions on each of the four operations or rounding. The benefits of this could be immense!

**How can it be used?**

I think the key to something like this is consistency. If such activities are used a couple of times and then forgotten about, they tend to have very little impact. However, if this becomes a regular part of your daily or weekly routine, then both you and your students will see the long term benefits. Personally I would give this printed sheet out at the start of each lesson, or maybe do this every Monday and have other forms of key numeracy practice on the remaining days of the week. My only plea to the author (and I know I am being very cheeky here!) is to use their Excel wizardry to enable the answers to automatically generate. Then we might well have one of the best resources I have ever seen.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

Download: **Numeracy Races**

View the **author’s other resources**

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]]>Daisy is a former English teacher and the current Head of Assessment at **Ark Schools**. She also has a new job for **No More Marking**, an online engine to help teachers with comparative judgement assessments. Daisy is the author of two books – **7 Myths about Education** and **Making Good Progress**. **7 Myths about Education** is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read, and along with Daniel Willingham’s **Why Don’t Students Like School** should be compulsory reading for all teachers. If that wasn’t enough, Daisy has been on University Challenge and is even famous enough to have her own Wikipedia page – something I can only dream of.

I must make it clear from the outset that Daisy is not a maths teacher, but please don’t hold that against her. We are an inclusive podcast, after all. And anyway, it turns our Daisy loves statistics

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

- The importance of planning examples ahead of planning explanations – this was something of a revelation to me
- If Bjork is right, and we cannot distinguish between learning and performance, does this mean formative assessment is fundamentally flawed?
- Speaking of fundamentally flawed – what is the big problem with the use of level/grade descriptors in assessment?
- What can and can’t we learn from student responses to multiple choice questions given in class?
- What advice does Daisy have for teachers creating internal assessments?
- Are QLAs of any use?
- What is Daisy’s take on the current confusion of GCSE Maths Grade Boundaries?
- Why does the concept of deliberate practice suggest an excessive use of past papers might not be a good idea?
- Then we delve into the fascinating area of Comparative Judgement, and how it might well be the future of assessment
- And to top it off, Daisy suggests two great research articles to read and an excellent set of Big 3 recommendations

If you enjoyed the **Dylan Wiliam episode**, then you are going to love this one. Daisy’s knowledge of assessment design is breathtaking, and there are tonnes of things that you can use to improve the way you assess your students on a day to day basis in the classroom, as well as those lovely end of term tests.

In the Takeaway section after the interview I discuss two points that I found particularly interesting – the importance of the examples we present to students, and the possible dangers of well designed questions actually causing misconceptions, taking a look at relevant research into these matters. So if that is of interest to you, make sure you stick around until the end.

Indeed, since the last episode, my Research Page has increased in size. There are now sections on Explicit Instruction, Cognitive Load Theory, Problem Solving, Memory, Testing, Revision, Formative Assessment, Improving Teaching and more, and each paper I reference has my own takeaway alongside it. You can find the page at **http://mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/research/** I really hope you find it both interesting and useful.

If you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your colleagues. This one in particular might provide a nice audial treat for your non maths colleagues, and is a nice complement to my **Dylan Wiliam interview**. And my usual plea – if you have time to give us a review on iTunes, then the egomaniac in me would be delighted.

On Twitter Daisy is **@diasychristo**

Her excellent blog can be found at: **thewingtoheaven.wordpress.com**

Her books are: **7 Myths about Education** and **Making Good Progress**

ARK Schools’ homepage is: **arkonline.org**

No More Marking can be found at: **nomoremarking.com**

Daisy recommended two excellent research papers:

1. Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work

2. Unskilled and unaware of it (The Dunning Kruger Effect)

You can find both these lovely papers, along with my thoughts on them, on my educational research page at: **http://mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/research/**

Daisy Christodoulou’s Big 3

1. **Dan Willingham Blog**

2. **Greg Asham’s Blog**

3. **A Comparison of Expected Difficulty, Actual Difficulty and Assessment of Problem Solving across GCSE Maths Sample Assessment Materials **

As ever, if you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your colleagues, and if you have time to give us a review on iTunes, then the egomaniac in me would be delighted.

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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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a challenging question on perpendicular lines provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by OCR, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Discuss your students answers and explanations, their reasons for the incorrect answers, and their choice of alternative wrong answers
- Use our data analytics to see how the rest of the country performed on this question, and view alternative student explanations
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity
- Direct your students to the Topic section on my website, where they will find videos, worksheets and extension material on this topic.

All of this is free.

At our school we are using this once a week with our Year 11 classes. I really hope you and your students find it useful.

**Get extra help on Parallel and Perpendicular Lines**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>There’s nothing quite like the first set of exams of a new specification to really spice things up around this time of year! In this period of uncertainty, I hope that my **Inspect the Spec** blog series, exploring the key changes in different topic areas and offering top-quality resources to support your teaching, has been and continues to be of help.

So that students feel fully prepared for the unknown, I’ve also brought together this collection of engaging revision resources, complete with old favourites and brand-new ideas tailored to distinct areas of the new specification.

As ever, thanks must go to the generous and talented members of the Tes Maths community for sharing these top-notch lessons and activities, which are sure to keep pupils focused and on track until the minute they enter that exam hall.

Happy revising!

Craig Barton, TES Maths adviser

**Quick-mark question practice**

Make sure pupils develop confidence and fluency in a range of topic areas by using these straightforward sheets to practice getting those low-mark, easy-win questions right every time.**Problem-solving papers**

An interesting take on a traditional GCSE paper, these well-presented questions, covering the skills required for AO2 and AO3, come with three versions containing different levels of scaffolding.**Whole-class pub quiz lesson**

Increase levels of engagement through competition while ensuring students are exposed to exam-style questions with these presentations for foundation and higher classes.**Paired revision trail**

Previously featured as my Resource of the Week, this unusual activity gives students the incentive to combine forces with their partner to check one another’s workings are accurate.**Competitive revision races**

Designed for the legacy specifications but completely relevant to the new ones, these differentiated races require pupils to work together to solve a range of algebra and shape questions.

**Error intervals and truncation lesson**

Tackle the recapping of error intervals and rounding by truncation in one fell swoop with this complete lesson pack, including a presentation and worksheets with answers.**Introductory Venn diagram presentation**

Before getting bogged down in set notation and conditional probability, ensure that students can first create and interpret Venn diagrams in this well-structured lesson.**Frequency trees and systematic listing**

Packed with worked examples and differentiated practice activities, this presentation is the ideal starting point for refreshing pupils’ understanding of these two new topics.

**Finding gradients of and the area under curves**

Covering all of the basics and then a little bit more, this short unit is sure to bring your students up to scratch with these two particularly tricky additions to the new specification.**Capture-recapture lesson**

Also previously featured as my Resource of the Week, this comprehensive lesson is neatly rounded off by a codebreaker activity, which results in a classically corny joke.**Quadratic inequalities practice paper**

While good questions on new topics are often hard to come by, these specially created papers prove the exception to the rule with questions in an exam-style format.

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

I am a little bit obsessed with the Escape Rooms type puzzles that have swept the nation over the last couple of years. You know the ones – you must solve a puzzle to get a code, which unlocks a box, which leads to another puzzle, and so on. Indeed, I think I have dragged my wife and friends to most of them in the North West. Well, much to my companions’ delight, I can now bring the same level of nerdy excitement into the maths classroom. This collection of 11 Lock Problems, covering a whole host of topics such as ratio and probability, is simply amazing. The idea is relatively simple: students work their way through a series of questions, with each answer providing a key component of a code. A slick bit of algebraic substitution with their answers generates the final code, which they then take to the front of the class to try out on the combination lock to reveal a prize. Essentially, students are doing no more than working through a series of questions, but the fun setting leads to levels of engagement and determination that worksheets alone rarely induce.

**How can it be used?**

The author provides a really comprehensive series of instructions to follow, and whilst at first glance this may seem like a load of hassle to set up, it really isn’t. Snap up a cheap combination lock and a tin box, and you are away! In terms of support for students, I often use my Counter technique that I have discussed often on past ROTW selections (give each group a counter that they can exchange for one hint from me). And for extension, then students absolutely love creating their very own lock problem for other students (or teachers!) to solve. A fantastic bit of fun in the classroom that is also worthwhile and valuable.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download: Lock Problems
View the author’s other resources
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]]>Dani is the Head of Maths at **Micheala Community School** – arguably the most discussed, scrutinised, controversial school in the county. It’s a school whose policies and practices divide opinion in both the teaching and political worlds. So, having read **Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers**, and seen Dani speak, and thoroughly enjoyed both experiences, I couldn’t wait to get her on the show.

Now, in a world first for the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, this interview will be split over two parts. Why, I hear you ask? Well, because it is so flipping long! I just had so many questions to ask Dani, and then loads of the things she spoke about prompted new questions. So, the part you about to listen to covers the planning and delivery of maths lessons in Michaela, going into minute detail about how each component works in practice and what the justification is, together with a discussion about Michaela’s homeworks and weekly tests. Dani and I – so long as this experience has not put her off – will then reconvene at some point in the future to discuss the practice of drilling, Michaela’s behaviour policy, wider issues in Maths teaching, her Big 3, advice for teachers, and probably a fair bit of other stuff as well.

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

- Why do maths teachers at Michaela not think in terms of planning lessons, but in planning topics?
- What do student topic booklets look like, and how do teachers use them to aid their planning?
- When might it be right to teach the “how” before the “why”?
- We go off on a bit of a tangent and discuss introducing linear equations, and why making it more difficult for the students in the initial stages might be a very good thing to do.
- How does Dani use the material of former podcast guests
**John Corbett**and**Will Emney**, together with Jo Boaler’s Number Talks? - One thing that struck me when reading the
**Tiger Teachers**book was the emphasis on a period of reading in each lesson – how exactly does this work in maths? - How are misconceptions addressed and resolved both before and during lessons?
- How does differentiation work?
- What does actual classwork look like?
- Why does Dani not bother with plenaries?
- Michaela students get maths homeworks every single night – what do these homeworks look like?
- Why don’t Michaela teachers mark books?
- A key component of the learning process at Michaela are the weekly tests. What do they look like, how are they marked, and how is the resulting information utilised?
- How does Dani use competition effectively, and why is controlling the narrative of this competition so important? And, if like me you have always shied away from publicly condemning students’ poor performance in front of other students, you will find this bit of particular interest – it has really got me thinking.
- Finally, we end Part 1 with Dani describing a bad lesson she taught, and what she learned from it. And please stick around for this one, as it is a classic with a very important message.

I am going to come right out and say it – I found this conversation fascinating. Dani was incredibly open and honest, and as a Head of Department she clearly and passionately believes wholeheartedly in what she is doing. You may not agree with a lot of what she has to say, but it is clear that each component of Michaela’s approach to teaching mathematics has been carefully thought through, so if nothing else it will give you plenty of food for thought.

Just before we get cracking, as I have discussed in the last few episodes, these interviews are really making me reflect on my teaching – scrutinising routines and practices that I have religiously followed for the last 12 years of my career without really giving them a second thought. Inspired by the likes of **Dylan Wiliam**, **Tom Bennett**, **Greg Ashman**, **Mark McCourt** and **Will Emney**, I have started to judge my approach to teaching under the microscope of educational based research. And it has been quite an eye opener. I have reviewed over 60 papers, from the fields of Explicit Instruction, Memory, Problem Solving, Fluency, Cognitive Load Theory, Formative Assessment and more, and for each paper I have provided a Takeaway where I describe the impact the paper has had on my teaching. You can find the page at: **mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/research/** I plan to add to it over the next few months, and indeed the rest of my career. I really hope you find it useful. And I’ll be discussing the **Retrieval Effect** in relation to Michaela’s weekly tests in the Takeaway at the end of the show, and it is something every teacher listening can put into practice.

On Twitter Dani is **@danicquinn**

Her excellent blog can be found at: **missquinnmaths.wordpress.com/**

My educational research page can be found at: **mrbartonmaths.com/teachers/research/**

As ever, if you enjoy this podcast, please share it with your colleagues. And seeing as we will have Dani back on the show, why not make a note of any questions you have, and tweet them to me at **@mrbartonmaths**. And if you have time to give us a review on iTunes, then the egomaniac in me would be delighted.

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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]]>Here are my January selections. Just click on the resource description to download it.

And of course, all the resources selected are completely free. You just need to register on the TES website to download them. And as ever, a huge thank you to all the teachers who share resources. You make TES what it is

1st March: These BIDMAS Spiders are a nice way to spice up order of operations

2nd March: Really nice way to support students struggling with angles in parallel lines

3rd March: This magic square is a lovely way to practice expanding brackets and simplifying

4th March: This superb angle properties codebreaker covers all the basic angle facts

5th March: All the algebra practice your students could need with the eBook and solutions

6th March: Lots of different types of questions/activities to practice collecting like terms

7th March: Investigate prime and composite numbers via areas of rectangles

8th March: A superb lesson on listing combinations for the new maths GCSE

9th March: Another superb “spider” activity, this time on inequalities

10th March: Quick fire expanding double brackets quiz, complete with answers

11th March: A structured worksheet for calculating the surface area of a tin of beans!

12th March: A lovely, practical bearings activity, complete with answers

13th March: I am loving these “spider” activities. His one is on expanding brackets

14th March: Really nice structured approach to factorising using difference of two squares

15th March: A wonderful 6 week Numeracy homework page to focus on many crucial skills

16th March: A fantastic, complete lesson on dividing by decimals

17th March: Lots of potential for interesting discussion with this ordering decimals lesson

18th March: Help students gain practice combining algebra and compound shapes

19th March: A remix of a classic activity on interpreting cumulative frequency & box plots

20th March: A fantastic look at some dodgy graphs to promote discussion on representing data

21st March: “Factor Bugs”, leading to primes numbers, square numbers, & even Venn Diagrams

22nd March: Practice key numeracy skills with this engaging collection of race games

23rd March: A superb set of relay activities for revising key algebra concepts

24th March: Uses exponential graphs to show how things can go viral on social media!

25th March: An outstanding 8 lesson series on fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio

26th March: A superb set of lessons on the basic of trigonometry, complete with answers

27th March: This mystery is ideal for open evenings, taster days, end of term, and more!

28th March: A simple dice game to add challenge and engagement to sharing in a ratio

29th March: This Topic Mat for Complex Numbers could easily be adapted for any topic

30th March: An ideal lesson on frequency tress and systematic listing for the new GCSE

31st March: Equations of quadratic graphs, simultaneous equations, and more! Lovely activity

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a challenging question on scatter diagrams provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by AQA, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Discuss your students answers and explanations, their reasons for the incorrect answers, and their choice of alternative wrong answers
- Use our data analytics to see how the rest of the country performed on this question, and view alternative student explanations
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity
- Direct your students to the Topic section on my website, where they will find videos, worksheets and extension material on this topic.

All of this is free.

At our school we are using this once a week with our Year 11 classes. I really hope you and your students find it useful.

**Get extra help on Scatter Diagrams**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

I love a puzzle, and I love anything to do with prime factors. So, you can imagine my delight when those two things are combined together in this wonderful activity. Students are presented with a grid of numbers, each number being surrounded by four boxes. Students must fill those boxes with the prime factors of those numbers. But there is a twist! The completed grid must work for all the numbers that are in it. So, it is not enough for students simply to list the prime factors of a number, they must also consider the shared prime factors of the numbers around it. It gets quite tricky, quite quickly!

**How can it be used?**

For me this is an ideal example of something I feel incredibly passionate about: purposeful practice. Students have the opportunity to practice the key skill (prime factor decomposition), but in an interesting and engaging way. There is also the opportunity to discuss the properties of these numbers – for example, how can I tell if a number has 2 as one of its prime factors? More importantly, they also get to develop crucial skills such as problem solving, logical reasoning and deduction, all of which will serve them in good stead for whatever mathematical challenges come their way in the future. I think it is fair to say, I love this resource!

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download: Prime Factor Decomposition Logic Puzzle
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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a challenging question on circle theorems provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by Edexcel, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Discuss your students answers and explanations, their reasons for the incorrect answers, and their choice of alternative wrong answers
- Use our data analytics to see how the rest of the country performed on this question, and view alternative student explanations
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity
- Direct your students to the Topic section on my website, where they will find videos, worksheets and extension material on this topic.

All of this is free.

At our school we are using this once a week with our Year 11 classes. I really hope you and your students find it useful.

**Get extra help on Direct and Inverse Proportion**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

Well, there is no denying it. We are definitely hitting Revision Season. And this year, with the new more challenging GCSEs making their auspicious debut, there is little doubt that revision with be more fraught than ever. So, I am always on the lookout for a top-quality resource to spice up revision whilst keeping it engaging and useful. And for me, this resource fits the bill perfectly. It is a paired revision activity, covering a whole host of GCSE content, from solving equations to circle theorems. One student answers a question and then feeds the answer to the next student which is needed to answer their question, and the process continues. With each person in the pair relying on each other, this has the potential to spark positive discussions and promote peer-to-peer learning.

**How can it be used?**

The activity is really well structured and should run as the author describes it. As is always the case with activities like these, it is often the classroom dynamic and the mood of the students that can make or break a task. It is also important to ensure that one student in the pair does not dominate and do all the work. With that in mind I would be tempted to impose a restriction that students cannot show their questions to each other. They can describe them, and ask for help, but no direct sharing of questions. That way you should get the best of both worlds – each student will do a decent amount of work, whilst at the same time benefiting from positive discussions with their partner.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download: GCSE Revision Trail
View the author’s other resources
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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a challenging question on circle theorems provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by OCR, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Other Types of Graphs**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

If you are following the Edexcel new maths GCSE, then you may well have noticed the introduction of a delightful addition to the wonderful world of Sampling – the Capture-Recapture method. Something that until now had been confined to Biology classrooms has now happily found its way onto the maths syllabus. The problem is, of course, whenever anything new comes along, there tends to be a relative scarcity of good resources to help teach it. Fortunately, this resource will help take care of many of your Capture-Recapture needs. It consists of a PowerPoint with some really well presented worked examples, followed by a codebreaker activity complete with the obligatory corny joke!

**How can it be used?**

The resource itself is pretty straight-forward: there are worked examples and questions for the students to try. However, there is plenty of opportunity to discuss the logic of the Capture-Recapture technique, its merits and limitations, and the necessary assumptions that make it a valid process. Likewise, you always have the option of challenging your students to make up their own questions, or (and this is my favourite) do a live demonstration of the technique in class using a bag of coloured counters. Maths in action!

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download: Capture-Recapture
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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a challenging question on circle theorems provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by AQA, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Circle Theorems**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>If you haven’t already started, it’s highly likely you’ll be getting down to some serious revision for the upcoming exams in the next few weeks. In anticipation of that, we’ve brought together a collection of lesson ideas designed to help you to consolidate understanding and extend thinking in a variety of topic areas.

As usual, we’ve got the generous and talented members of the TES Maths community to thank for these imaginative ideas. So take a look and be inspired to try something different with your classes.

Craig Barton, TES Maths adviser

**Exploring frequency trees**

Including supporting teacher notes, this engaging presentation not only neatly introduces the topic, but also contains exam-style questions that are ideal for promoting discussion in the classroom.

**Arrangements and permutations lesson**

Covering the new requirement to teach systematic listing strategies, this one-off lesson culminates in a stimulating codebreaker activity to get pupils practising the relevant skills.

*Adventure Time*-themed ratio practice

Liven up your ratio lessons with these captivating practice questions, which pupils must solve in order to save Princess Bubblegum from the evil Ice King.

**Proportion spider activity sheets**

Designed specifically to encourage discussion, these unique worksheets cover all aspects of direct and inverse proportion. The more challenging sheets even involve some surds practice, too.

**Good graph, bad graph?**

Exploring an often overlooked part of the topic, this interesting lesson tasks students to examine a range of graphs from a variety of contexts in order to start a discussion about misleading representation.

**Interpreting cumulative frequency diagrams**

This adaptation of a classic activity nicely links cumulative frequency with box plots, while retaining an emphasis on comparing and interpreting the data.

**Social media plot**

With almost all students on some form of social media, this investigation is sure to interest your class. Handily, it’ll also get them using their estimating skills to predict and describe the spread of information.

**The maths of a fretboard**

Get learners thinking about how geometric sequences can be used to calculate distances on a guitar fretboard with this thought-provoking lesson, including questions to promote positive discussion.

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**What is it?**

One of my current obsessions is the importance of low stakes assessments. There is little doubt that one of the best ways to test how much students understand about a topic is… well, to give them a test! But, the vast majority of students do not like being tested, and us teachers simply do not have the time to mark each of these tests. This is where quick-fire low-stakes assessments come into play. Give them to students at the end of a topic, they complete them in class, mark them themselves, reflect on what areas they need to work on, and everybody benefits. And this collection is a perfect way to get started. 18 number and algebra topics for GCSE are included, each with their very own lovely, ten minute assessment, covering all the key skills for that particular topic.

**How can it be used?**

I see these being used in two, complementary ways. Firstly, it seems sensible to use them immediately at the end of a topic. This will give you and – more importantly – the students themselves an idea of what they know and what they do not know. But then, I would be tempted to issue the same assessment around 3 weeks later. This will then allow you both to see how much has really stuck, and how deep the level of understanding is. As soon as tests like these become part of your regular routine, and students realise that the inherent usefulness of them, the stress and time-consuming costs of doing and marking tests disappear, and only the benefits remain.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

Download: **Low Stakes Assessments
**View the

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely little question on percentage increase provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by Edexcel, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Percentage Increase and Decrease**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>Greg is a maths and science teacher, originally from the UK but now based in sunny Australia. He is a prolific and influential blogger and is also working towards his PhD in Cognitive Load Theory, something which Dylan Wiliam recently tweeted was “the single most important thing for teachers to know”.

Now, if you enjoyed the educational research aspects of my interview with **Dylan Wiliam**, and the memory related discussion I had with **Will Emeny**, then you are going to love this. We dig deep into Cognitive Load Theory and in particular its implications for Direct or Explicit Instruction versus inquiry or discovery based learning in the classroom. And I will say from the outset – and discuss more in my Takeaway at the end of the show – reading Greg’s work and the research he cites has really changed the way I approach my own teaching 12 years into my career.

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

- How does Greg plan series of lessons, and what would a typical lesson look like?
- Why is Greg such a big fan of joint planning within his department with an emphasis on refinement, and how do new ideas break through in this model?
- Why does Greg believe behaviour management is not something you are born with, but something that can be learned like any other skill
- And then we dive deep into Cognitive Load Theory, where Greg gives a lovely summary of the theory, looking at the role of working and long-term memory, the process of chunking and the dangers of means-end problems.
- We then look at some key Cognitive Load Theory “effects” including The Worked Example Effect, the Redundancy Effect and the Expertise Reversal Effect, each time asking what are the implications for the classroom. The Redundancy Effect in particular has huge consequences for how we present information to students.
- I then quiz Greg about implications for exam preparation, especially how to help students answer those tricky 5 mark questions that call upon a lot of different skills
- Surely if students discover something they will remember it better? Not according to Greg, and he has an anecdote about beer to try to convince me!
- What about the role of puzzles, real life maths, and the story structure of 3 Act Math lessons?
- Finally Greg has some excellent book recommendations, and a wonderful Big 3 selection.

If, like me, you are interested in educational research, no matter how much you have looked into it, I really believe you will find this discussion of great interest. I have tried as much as possible to tease out the practical implications for the classroom – and that is the great advantage of having Greg as a guest. He is a working maths teacher who can put the ideas he reads into practice every single day.

On Twitter Greg is **@greg_ashman**

His excellent blog can be found at: **gregashman.wordpress.com
**Greg’s ebook, “Ouroboros”, is available to purchase

Links to the research that Greg mentions, as well as all the research cited by my previouis guests, can be found **here**

The books Greg recommends, along with those recommended by my other guests, can be found **here**

Greg Ashman’s Big 3

1. **American Educator**

2. **Education Echo Chamber **

3. **Research Ed **

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

Craig Barton

**mrbartonnmaths.com**

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]]>Here are my February selections. Just click on the resource description to download it.

And of course, all the resources selected are completely free. You just need to register on the TES website to download them. And as ever, a huge thank you to all the teachers who share resources. You make TES what it is

1st February: A fantastic interactive teaching aid for all aspects of bearings

2nd February: “Make the Totals” is a simple, engaging activity to practise addition and multiplication

3rd February: An absolutely superb non-calculator GCSE revision activity

4th February: A fantastic “tick or trash” activity on adding and subtracting fractions

5th February: A wonderful, rich data lesson about population size and the Olympics

6th February: A superb introduction to Venn Diagrams, using a clear, visual method

7th February: Frosty is back, this time with complete coverage of Indices for GCSE

8th February: A lovely GCSE Starter activity, covering a wide range of topics

9th February: Can you use Estimation to work out how much water the Great Pyramid can hold?

10th February: A lovely use of the New York Subway to study graph theory

11th February: This “Gradients and Distance” Game is quirky, challenging and engaging

12th February: Uses skills such as volume and properties of circles in an engaging, real world context

13th February: A fun activity to practice finding the midpoint between two coordinates

14th February: “Fairground Probability” makes use of sample space diagrams and tree diagrams

15th February: A really nice puzzle involving ordering negative numbers

16th February: A complete, really well structured lesson on standard form

17th February: A top-quality, complete lesson on ratio and scale drawing

18th February: A complete lesson on the basics of laws of indices, complete with lots of activities

19th February: Students must match up sketches, factorised form & the minimum point of quadratics

20th February: I adore this prime factor decomposition logical problem

21st February: A lovely activity to practice very basic multiplication

22nd February: A really useful collection of tricky straight li9ne graphs questions for the new GCSE

23rd February: This football pitches activity is ideal for scale drawings, perimeter & converting units

24th February: A simple, but effective codebreaker on adding and subtracting negative numbers

25th February: A superb GCSE intervention pack on sequences, functions and graphs

26th February: A complete lesson on Iteration for the new maths GCSE

27th February: A superb lesson and worksheet for introducing prime numbers

28th February: This varied collection of 11 Lock Problems is simply superb

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

I often worry about the effectiveness of so-called Intervention in the build up to GCSE. This usually comprises of taking students out of tutor time, or even other subjects, to work in small groups or one-to-one with a teacher or teaching assistant. This is fine, and there is no doubt that any extra help can only be of benefit, but how do we know how effective the intervention has been? This is where this lovely resource, specially on Representing Data, comes into play. Not only does it provide material to use in the intervention session itself (no more frantically searching through textbooks or past papers fro appropriate questions), but also an objective way to measure how successful the intervention has been.

**How can it be used?**

There are three parts to this resource, but I am going to make a case for a fourth!

1. There is a pre-test, which is ideal for deciding which students would benefit for the topic-specific intervention. This could be given as a quick in-class assessment, and even marked by the students themselves.

2. Then there is the Intervention Booklet, rammed full of top-quality questions perfectly aligned to the new Maths GCSE. This could be used in the intervention sessions themselves, or taken by the student to complete at home.

3. Finally, there is the post-test to see how much progress the student has made as a result of the intervention. This is a simple, but effective model.

4. My only addition would be a second post-test to be given to the student around three weeks later. This would then enable you as a teacher to see which concepts have truly stuck, as opposed to simply dangling in the student’s short-term memory immediately following the intervention sessions. Such a test could easily be created by manipulating the numbers in the existing post test.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download GCSE Intervention Pack
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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely contextual question on fractions provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by OCR, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Multiplying and Dividing Fractions**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>**Inspect the Spec**, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the **TES Maths Blog here**

**What is it?**

I have long been an advocate of exploring sequences through geometric patterns, as opposed to just relying on numerical or algebraic representations. Looking at how shapes grow can help students gain a deeper understanding of the underlying rule of a sequence, enabling them to make predictions and generalisations in a way that merely looking at an nth term algebraic rule does not allow. As such, I am a huge fan of the website Visiaul Patterns (http://www.visualpatterns.org/), which contains more patterns that you could ever need. But this amazing resource takes it to a whole new level. For each pattern students are presented with a geometric representation, an nth term, a table of numbers and a graph. Having filled out as much information as they can, they are then challenged to look where the numbers in the nth term formula appear in each of the representations. It is this linking together of different areas of mathematics, spotting connections and beginning to understand why these connections exist, that will give students the depth of understanding they need.

**How can it be used?**

The activity is fully resourced and really well structured. The author suggests running it as a group activity with each member of the group being given a different pattern to work on, before sharing their finding and seeking help where needed from the rest of the group. This seems like an excellent structure to me. As I often say, I would be tempted to have Desmos on hand. In my experience there are not many students who make the link between straight lines graphs and sequences, and this activity really has the potential to solidify that connection, and the ability to instantly generate graphs will come in useful. Finally, there is always the option of giving students a blank card and asking them to create their own patterns, or giving them just one piece of information (the graph, for example), and asking them, to fill in the rest of the card. Excellent stuff!

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download Representing Growing Patterns**

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely question on Interpreting Grouped Data, provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by AQA, but suitable no matter which awarding body you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Grouped Data**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>It may be the calm before exam season, but that’s no reason to rest on your laurels. It’s hard enough keeping students motivated at the best of times, not least when they’re now well established into the routines of the new term. Luckily, help is at hand.

Once again, the generous and talented members of the TES Maths community have come up with the goods, creating and sharing unique lesson resources to help you to revitalise old topics and discover interesting ways to teach new ones. Why not take a look for yourself?

Craig Barton, TES Maths adviser

**New GCSE specification**

**Venn diagrams introduction**

Introduce classes to Venn diagrams and the accompanying set notation with this simple lesson, which makes the topic less abstract through the use of pictures.**Iteration practice questions**

Complete with an engaging starter, a step-by-step presentation and a tricky worksheet, this lesson is ideal for helping pupils get to grips with the fundamentals of this new GCSE topic.

Factors and primes

**Prime factor decomposition puzzle**

Combining the best elements of a logic puzzle with the revision of finding prime factors, this unique task is a great way of adding richness and challenge while practising a key skill.**Finding factors hints poster**

Help pupils to speed up the process of finding factors of large numbers by displaying this top tips poster in your classroom. Or, for a more regular reminder, why not get them to stick a copy in their books?

Negative numbers

**Directed numbers worksheet**

Use this problem-solving task to get learners adding and subtracting directed numbers in the context of weather, including a handy visual in the form of a bar chart.**Negative numbers codebreaker**

Recap key principles about the addition and subtraction of negative numbers with this simple but effective codebreaker activity, useful as a starter for more-able classes.

Advanced coordinate geometry

**Facial expressions presentation**

Test pupils’ knowledge of the basics shapes of a variety of functions, including reciprocal, circles and cubics, by matching them up to faces in this engaging activity.**Exponential growth and decay**

With links to real-life applications and dynamic graphing software, this well-structured lesson neatly introduces the concept to older students.

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**What is it?**

I struggle to remember quite what my life was like in those dark days before I discovered Dr Frost’s amazing lessons.I spent many hours scrabbling around looking for a way to introduce the topic, well presented worked examples, slides of questions, and tricky challenges. Now, when I start my planning for any topic, for first port of call is always to grab one of his PowerPoints. As you will see from this example on Surds, they contain everything you could possible need. There is an overview of where surds fit into to the whole spectrum of numbers, then there are clear notes on the laws of surds, followed by examples for the students to try. This is then followed up whole slides of exercises and GCSE exam questions, each complete with “bro tips” and a beautiful green box than can be clicked on when you and your students are ready to reveal working out and the answers. Finally, there is the dreaded skull and crossbones – a sure sign that a question will stretch even your most able of students

**How can it be used?**

I have one piece of advice for using Dr Frost’s lessons – never use them without first checking them very carefully. I had the pleasure of interviewing **Dr Frost for my podcast**, and the achievement of his pupils is quite staggering. Hence, he has a need to challenge them as much as he can in his TES resources. The result of this can mean that a Dr Frost Year 7 lesson contains questions that your average Year 11 would struggle with, and which have been known to drive more than one of my Year 9s to tears! So, like any resource on TES, check it over, take the parts that you need and are suitable for your class, build it into your own lesson, and then you are good to go.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely Composite Functions question provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by Edexcel.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>Paul is currently the Deputy Director of Learning for Trinity Academy Trust. He is an experienced secondary mathematics teacher, one of the leads for White Rose Maths Hub, and he delivers a lot of training workshops for teachers all around the country on the likes of bar modeling and questioning.

Now, whilst Paul might not be a household name like some of my other guests, such **Dylan Wiliam**, **Dan Meyer**, or **Bruno Reddy**, in my opinion, he should be. And that is not just because he is from the North. Well, not entirely, anyway. Paul is an expert in some of the areas that listeners have most requested we cover, including bar modelling, questioning, Shanghai and advice for teachers delivering CPD. He also speaks very open and honestly about lots of aspects of teaching that I hope you can all relate to.

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

- What is the first thing Paul thinks about when he is planning his lessons, and how has this approach developed over his years as a teacher?
- We delve deep into bar modeling, looking at its strengths and weakness, whether you can just dip into it for certain topics, which type of students the approach works best for, and in a world first for the podcast, we even get interactive as Paul takes us through a couple of bar modelling scenarios, so get a pen and some paper at the ready.
- We look at what makes a good question, and Paul discusses his research into questioning, including what what common mistakes that teachers, including myself, often make
- What did Paul learn from his trips to Shanghai and Tokyo, and how has it changed his approach to teaching?
- What advice does Paul have for teachers running training sessions for other teachers?
- What has made the White Rose Maths Hub so successful, and what are some of the free resources that it has on offer for maths teachers?

** **

As I say, I think this is a fascinating discussion, with lots of practical tips and food for thought. I really hope you enjoy it.

Just a quick reminder that we have a load of free daily revision Streams available at Diagnostic Questions in the build up to the summer’s maths exams. So, whether your students are preparing for their Key Stage 1 or 2 SATs (with questions written by Paul’s very own White Rose Maths Hub, incidentally), the new GCSE, the Legacy GCSE, IB, or even Welsh Numeracy, then we have a Revision Stream for you. Head over to **diagnosticquestions.com/Streams** to find out more.

And just the usual plea. If you enjoy these podcasts, then I would really appreciate it if you could spend a minute to give them a quick review on iTunes, and also it would be great if you could share them with your friends and colleagues. They have been known to help making paving the driveway and being stuck in traffic a bit more tolerable, as well as sending crying new born babies to sleep. Not my original intention for them, but I will take what I can get.

Information about the Bar Modelling Conference on the 16th February that Paul mentioned can be found **here
**The White Rose Maths Hub free Schemes of Learning can be found

Links to the research cited by my previouis guests, can be found **here**

The books Paul recommends, along with those recommended by my other guests, can be found **here**

Paul Rowlandson’s Big 3

1. To get started with bar modelling there’s Char Forsten’s “**Model Drawing in Mathematics**”

2. A practical book about questioning would be Trevor Kerry’s “**Questioning and Explaining in Classrooms**”

3. Teaching and learning in general I would say Douglas Newton’s “**Teaching for Understanding**”

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

Craig Barton

**mrbartonnmaths.com**

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]]>Here are my January selections. Just click on the resource description to download it.

1st January: Matching Cubic Graphs with their Equations is great for A Level & the new GCSE

2nd January: This unstructured problem solving activity is ideal for the new Higher Tier GCSE

3rd January: Quite simply the best Golden Ratio resource I’ve ever seen

4th January: 73 slides of every type of quadratic equations practice you could imagine

5th January: 4 Quick Questions is perfect for the start of your lesson, and there are 200 of them!

6th January: This multi-stage problem solving activity is perfect for the demands of the new GCSE

7th January: From straight lines, through to quadratics and cubics, it is all covered here

8th January: I got a bit addicted to Grid Sums in 2016. A lovely, rich activity

9th January: This Pythagoras and Trigonometry question generator is simply superb

10th January: Going for Gold is a series of 10 lessons full of problem solving tasks

11th January: This epic collection of homeworks for all year groups is just incredible

12th January: These revision booklets for the new GCSE are a Godsend for students & teachers

13th January: I’m a fan of low-stakes mini assessments, and this set is ideal

14th January: Two lovely real world setting that make use of ratio

15th January: Some cracking Expanding Brackets differentiated worksheets, with answers!

16th January: My students and I are more than a little addicted to Area Maze problems

17th January: This GCSE Intervention Pack is superb in its coverage and quality!

18th January: A really well presented resource on exponential graphs and their inverse

19th January: A challenging, engaging activity about different forms of straight line graphs

20th January: An introduction to exponential growth and decay with real world applications

21st January: “Facial Functions” is a fun way to quickly assess students’ knowledge of shapes of graphs

22nd January: A fantastic codebreaker using the various laws of indices

23rd January: Dr Frost is back with an epic surds collection. Some flipping tough questions here!

24th January: A wonderful visual sequences activity, building up to quadratics

25th January: This is ideal for Edexcel S1 revision, but could be adapted for AQA & OCR

26th January: A rich, challenging, engaging activity on straight line graphs

27th January: A lovely set of low stakes mini assessments on a variety of topics

28th January: An excellent way to add some richness to place value calculations

29th January: An excellent teaching aid for helping students get comfortable with bearings

30th January: A superb “tick or trash” activity on adding and subtracting fractions

31st January: A lovely plan for a data lesson, investigating population size v Olympic success

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**What is it?**

Time for a bit of culture on the Resource of the Week! Measuring angles is one of those skills that students need to develop, but can often be a little dull. Well, why not spice it up by having students measure angles and check relationships on the paintings of everyone’s favourite 20th century Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky! The artist made beautiful use of straight lines, triangles and quadrilaterals, all of which can be measured and checked by students, whilst at the same time exposing them to some lovely art work.Better still, this activity form part of a larger lesson which recaps key angle facts and then goes on to look at constructions, all presented in clear step-by-step fashion.

**How can it be used?**

The lesson that contains the Kandinsky measuring activity is really well structured. As ever, it is important to adapt it to the needs of your class and your teaching style, inserting, removing and modifying slides accordingly. This task could also lead to students finding other mathematically inspired artwork for homework and bringing in their findings. Or, why not see if you have your own budding Kandinsky in the class by setting them the challenge of creating an piece of art that contains at least three geometrical facts? If you do, and given that Kandinsky’s paintings regularly sell for multi millions of pounds, make sure to negotiate 20% of any future profits.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely Direct Proportion question provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by OCR. However, the content is suitable no matter which exam board you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Area under a Graph**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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**What is it?**

Unbelievably, this is lovely activity is the very first resource created and shared by its author. Taking the idea of Exit Tickets but turning it on its head, the concept of a Secret Question is that students are each handed one at the start of the lesson, and have the duration of the lesson to complete it, along with whatever other work they are doing. They then give the slip back to the teacher at the end of the lesson, allowing for some quick and meaningful assessment. The advantage of this over the quick-fire Exit Ticket is that the questions selected can be more long-form, less structured and more challenging. Indeed, as can be seen in the resource itself, the concept lends itself particularly well to a demanding topic such as Circle Theorems, especially with the exception for the new Maths GCSE that students are able to prove why the theorems work. Students will certainly benefit from the extra time allowed to discuss and consider these, before submitting their answer to the secret question!

** How can it be used?**The format of the activity is clearly explained by the author herself. I guess one challenge will be ensuring that the students do not spend the entire lesson on the question to the detriment of the other tasks they are supposed to be working on, but that will get sorted as they become more experienced with the Secret Question. As with Exit Tickets, I really like the discrete nature of the Secret Question. I find that students are far more likely to be honest with their attempts, and communicate any weaknesses, when asked to do so privately via a question that they hand in to the teacher, as opposed to any whole class questioning or assessment activity. I just wish the first resources that I created were this good!

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download Circle Theorem Secret Question**

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely Direct Proportion question provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by AQA. However, the content is suitable no matter which exam board you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Direct Proportion**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>**What is it?**

Unlike something like Venn Diagrams, Iteration is one of the new GCSE Maths topics that will literally be completely brand new to many students. My Year 11s were freaking out at the little “n + 1” subscript, staring at it with a mixture of contempt and confusion. So, any resource that will help with the delivery of Iteration is always going to go down well with me, and this is a little beauty! Students are presented with three classic iteration questions, together with the steps necessary to solve them. The twist, of course, is that these steps are in the wrong order, and students must battle through to assemble them correctly. This should provoke plenty of discussion, whilst also offering much needed support for any students who are struggling.

**How can it be used?**

The activity pretty much runs itself. Students will need an introduction to the concept of iteration, and maybe benefit from you going through one example, but then they can be left to their own devices! It also makes for a nice display, either for the classroom wall or students’ books. Indeed, @MrMattock on Twitter shared a lovely image of the results of his class’ efforts with the activity.

There is also potential for a nice bit of extension. Options could include giving students all 3 questions mixed up together, taking out a couple of the cards and asking students to complete them, and the evergreen classic of challenging students to create their own match-up questions which can then be set for other students.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

**Download Iteration Worked Solution Card Match**

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely Transformation of Functions question provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by Edexcel. However, the content is suitable no matter which exam board you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Transformation of Functions**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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]]>This time each year I complete my countdown of my top 10 favourite Resources of the Year. And this year, it has been more difficult than ever to choose, due to the amazing quality of some of the resources written and shared by the incredibly talented and generous members of the TES Maths community. In fact, it was proving so difficult that I have had to go for a top 12!

Thanks so much to everyone who shares resources on TES. You are making a huge and positive difference to the teaching and learning of mathematics all over the world. Here’s to another year of wonderful resources on TES Maths!

Craig Barton, TES Maths Adviser, @mrbartonmaths

**12. Cubic graph match-up**

In this tricky task, students match 21 cubic equations to 21 sketches of cubic graphs. By the time they’re done, the GCSE exam will seem like a breeze and they will be far better prepared for the demands of co-ordinate geometry at A-level.

**11. GCSE problem-solving activity**

Unstructured problems are likely to feature in the new exams, so it’s important to get pupils practising as early as possible. In this example, learners must call upon their knowledge of basic trigonometry, surface area, circumference, ratio and Pythagoras to find the solution.

**10. Proportion and golden ratio**

Complete with an engaging starter, accompanying notes and a clear worksheet, this lesson offers a unique take on an old concept. Pupils use the golden ratio to judge the “beauty” of some well-known faces.

**9. Quadratic equations practice**

Within the 73 slides of this well-structured, challenging presentation, you’ll find both instruction and rich questions (including answers) on all aspects of solving quadratic equations, from factorising and using graphs to completing the square and calculating with formulae.

**8. Four quick questions**

Containing over 200 sets of four questions on number, algebra, geometry and data, this extensive revision resource is ideal for encouraging a focused, efficient start to KS3 and KS4 lessons.

**7. Multistage problem solving**

Although this comprehensive resource was designed for the legacy GCSE specification, it is actually more relevant to the new one. There are a host of multi-mark questions on a variety of topics, including angles, currency conversions and even one about paving over an awkward-shaped garden.

**6. Algebraic graphs**

Covering everything from straight line graphs to quadratic and cubic graphs, this detailed unit of work offers a complete set of high-quality presentations, worksheets and homework activities.

**5. Grid sums puzzle**

Encourage creativity and perseverance while developing arithmetic skills with these simple and adaptable puzzles, suitable for classes of any age and ability.

**4. Pythagoras and trigonometry questions**

Quickly generate a wide range of questions on 2D Pythagoras and trigonometry with this clever spreadsheet. Mix it up by using a random selection to get students choosing the appropriate method first.

**3. Going for gold problem solving**

Perfect for revision, this series of ten lessons helps learners to ascertain how ready they are for their exams. For each topic, learners attempt consolidation questions before moving onto more challenging ones, which come with different levels of support and corresponding “exam-readiness” percentages.

**2. Handy homework booklets**

These comprehensive workbooks enable you to set an entire year’s worth of homework for your KS3 and GCSE classes. Each task consists of 20 questions covering essential skills such as adding fractions, rearranging equations and naming parts of a circle, as well as a tracking grid.

**1. New GCSE revision workbooks**

Useful for both teachers and pupils during revision sessions, these targeted booklets take a clear, systematic approach to each topic within the new GCSE specification.

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]]>Here at **Diagnostic Questions** we like to try and help out wherever we can. So, we have set up a series of **Revision Streams** for you and your students in the build up to these exams. These are completely free, can be assigned with a couple of clicks, and mean that your students will be sent two top-quality questions a day, every day, right up until the exam.

Students can answer these questions on their phones, tablets or a computer. This year it is easier than ever for them to keep on top of the daily Streams with our **Diagnostic Questions mobile app**. Students can answer questions on the bus, after their dinner, just before they go to sleep, wherever they prefer. And you can be happy in the knowledge that your students are receiving the continual daily practice that is the key to success in maths.

Each time you log into the site you can see how your students are getting on. Which questions are causing the most problems? Which topics do you need to go over again? Which students should you pair together? Which would benefit from intervention? The answers to these questions could be invaluable.

So, which Streams are available, I hear you say? Well, this year we have gone all out!

Primary

Courtesy of the amazing **White Rose Maths Hub**, we can offer the following 100 day Revision Streams, both starting on the 30th January:

*Key Stage 1 SATs*

*Key Stage 2 SATs*

GCSE

Courtesy of the awarding bodies, we have the following 100 day Revision Streams, each starting on 14th February (nothing says romance quite like two maths questions a day):

*AQA Foundation and Higher*

*Edexcel Foundation and Higher*

*OCR Foundation and Higher *

*WJEC Welsh Numeracy GCSE*

IB

Thanks to Adrian Sparrow from **Aiglon School**, we also have the following 50 day Revision Streams, both starting on 5th March:

*IB Maths Studies*

*IB Standard Maths*

These Streams can all be assigned right away by the click of a button so you are set-up and ready to go. I have recorded a short video below to show you how to get set-up here, and click **here** to jump straight to the **Streams page**.

And if you are reading this after the Start Date for your Stream has passed, then fear not! You can join in with the Streams at any stage.

If you are new to Diagnostic Questions and you would like us to upload your classes for you, then it is no problem at all. Simply send an email to hello@diagnosticquestions.com attaching a spreadsheet with your students’ names and classes (you can specify usernames and passwords if you like too, or we can generate them for you), and we will get them sorted.

I really hope you and your students find this useful

Craig

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**What is it?**

Often one of the topics new AS Maths students find the most challenging is Coordinate Geometry. The problem is that they have studied all the basic skills needed at GCSE, so some students do not tend to approach the topic with maybe the same concentration as they maybe would with something new , like differentiation or integration. But whilst the basic skills of Coordinate Geometry are undoubtedly the same as at GCSE (find gradients, midpoints, etc), the demands of applying them in a range of contexts are significantly more difficult at AS level. This lesson, made up of tasks and activities, enables students both to fully appreciate the complexity, and approach the topic in a challenging but engaging way.

**How can it be used?**

The lesson is really well structured. The starter is straight out of GCSE, and serves to remind students of the core skills they need to know. Following on from this, you might want to make the handy printed notes available to the students, as these cover all the core skills they need. And then it is all about application! I would be tempted to get students working in groups, and to hand them one oy my favourite lesson tools – a Desmos Counter! This can be exchanged at any stage for 2 minutes on Desmos, which will enable students to visualise and manipulate the coordinates and lines to hopefully make the concepts less abstract. And then, of course, fire up Desmos when going through the answers. A really lovely, important lesson.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

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]]>Among many other things, Tom is a former Religious Studies teacher, a prolific **blogger**, the Behaviour Advisor to the UK Department of Education and the founder of **ResearchEd**. He also has the notable honour of being the first ever non-maths specialist guest on the show, although you would never know it with his impressive recollection of the digits of Pi.

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

- Why, despite a previous career managing nightclubs in Soho, Tom still found behaviour management the trickiest part of becoming a teacher
- Why being told “you need to work on your status”, or “you need to get the students to respect you”, is an absolute waste of time
- How Tom agrees that workload and behaviour are the two main reasons teachers leave the profession, and why he feels both can be fixed
- Why Tom’s “Two Schools” theory can go a long way to explaining the workload problem that affects many schools, and what is the responsibility of senior management when it comes to workload?
- What does Tom think makes a bad homework as opposed to a good homework, and what can everyone do about this?
- How would Tom improve meetings in school with one simple, quite brilliant strategy?
- We then move onto the Big One: what are the most practical, effective things teachers can do to improve behaviour in their classrooms?
- Tom feels classroom culture is incredibly important. How does he establish it, and what happens when students break this culture?
- How can classroom teachers promote positive behaviour, as opposed to simply condemning negative behaviour?
- Is consistency the key to behaviour, or should you treat some children differently to others?
- A big issue for me: is it just as dangerous to be inconsistent when focussing on good behaviour as well as bad behaviour?
- How about the teacher who midway through the year thinks they have already lost their class? How do they get them back?
- What can supply teachers, temporary teachers, or even regular teachers covering a single lesson, do to instill the classroom culture that they expect when you don’t have the benefit of long period of time to establish it?
- I throw a few behaviour cliches at Tom to see what his take on them is. Don’t smile until Christmas, anyone?
- What’s the best bit of research and what is the most surprising piece of research Tom has come across, and what one of these has to say about direct instruction.

I am obviously ridiculously biased, but I hope you will agree with me that this interview is essential listening for any teacher, no matter what their age or experience. On a personal level, it made me feel like I was not alone in some of the struggles I have had with my classes over the years, and I now feel a lot more equipped with practical, tried and tested strategies to get behaviour back on track.

If this interview has hooked in any fellow non maths specialists, then I would just like to remind people that over at my **Diagnostic Questions website** you will find not just maths questions, but also thousands of top-quality, free **Science** and **Computer Science** questions, as well as growing numbers in subjects like **English **and **Languages**. And just so the maths crew do not feel left out, February 14th 2017, as well as being a day of romance, will also mark the start of the 100 day GCSE Maths Revision Stream at Diagnostic Questions. This will be 100% free, and you can sign up by following this link: **https://diagnosticquestions.com/Streams**. There will also be two Primary Streams for Key Stage 1 and 2 Maths SATs, and two IB Maths Streams. What better present for your loved one than 2 maths questions a day for 100 days – it truly is the gift that keeps giving.

Tom’s Blog is: **behaviourguru.blogspot.co.uk**

On Twitter Tom is: **@tombennett71**

The DfE ITT Working Party document that Tom mentions can be found **here**

Links to the research that Tom mentions, as well as all the research cited by my previouis guests, can be found **here**

The books Tom recommends, along with those recommended by my other guests, can be found **here**

Tom Bennett’s Big 3

1. **Becoming a Research Lead**

2. **The Science of Learning – Deans for Impact**

3. **ResarchEd**

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

Craig Barton

**mrbartonnmaths.com**

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]]>The latest edition of my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week** series is a lovely Combined Probability question provided exclusively for my **Diagnostic Questions** website by OCR. However, the content is suitable no matter which exam board you are following.

Here is one suggestion for using this resource:

- Print out the worksheet for use as a starter in lessons, or a homework.
- Set your students the entire quiz that this question comes from as a follow-up activity

All of this is free.

**Get extra help on Combined Probability**

Try the **Question online**

View the **Question Data and Explanations**

Try the **Quiz ****online**

View the **Quiz Data**

For all the questions in this series, please visit my **GCSE Maths Question of the Week **page.

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**What is it?**

Two for one this week. Two resources from the same author, that I absolutely love. 20 lovely Area Mazes! I got a bit addicted to Area Mazes myself at the start of 2016 having seen a feature about them in the news. The latest maths craze from Japan, apparently. I remember one Sunday afternoon where I sat down to do one on an app, and 3 hours later I was on Level 72 and seeing rectangles and squares everywhere I looked!

Area Mazes are suburb. On the face of it they are so simple. Students have to use logic and geometrical knowledge to work out the missing dimensions on a variety of rectangles. We rather skeptically tried a few of them with our Year 8s last year during the area unit last year, and they absolutely loved them! Seriously, they could not get enough of them. There is something about the apparent simplicity that captivates students.

**How can it be used?**

The beauty of an Area Maze is it does not take much explaining. I ran through one example on the board with my students, brain-storming different ideas for approaching them, and then letting them get stuck in, telling them that they needed to convince me of their answers with some working out to show they had not just guessed. Pretty soon we were frantically searching the internet for more challenging ones, and students were keen to take them home to show their parents. If your students do take to them, then there is also the option to challenge them to create their own, with any many rectangles as they like.

Thanks so much for sharing

Craig Barton

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]]>Here are my December selections. Just click on the resource description to download it.

1st December: A nice way to practice key numeracy skills working with money

2nd December: A fantastic standard from planet activity with answers!

3rd December: A lovely pair of resources covering key GCSE area and volume formulae

4th December: Practice key skills through this problem solving codebreaker!

5th December: I love this odd-one-out format. So versatile!

6th December: A great set of questions to help develop fluency was AS coordinate geometry

7th December: Something a bit different! A lovely bird watching resource from the RSPB!

8th December: “10 a day” is a really simple, effective way of improve students’ maths vocab

9th December: A superb, comprehensive introduction to simultaneous equations

10th December: If your students are taking the AQA Decision 1 module, this is ideal!

11th December: A lovely set of activities for visualising and working with nets of cubes

12th December: This excellent data handing activity covers all the averages in an engaging way

13th December: A fantastic selection of questions on adding & subtracting directed numbers

14th December: A lovely open-ended activity to investigate straight lines

15th December: A classic Bowland mini data tasks gets a 2016 update

16th December: A colourful poster of facts about the divisibility of large numbers

17th December: A useful lesson on converting speeds to different formats

18th December: An outstanding maths mystery that covers key aspects of basic numeracy

19th December: “Around the World” is ram-packed full of fun, mathematical goodness!

20th December: If you’ve not constructed your own decorations, you’ve never lived!

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]]>It is the story of a family in the four days leading up to Christmas, all of whom have a secret to hide. And there isn’t even any maths in there. Well, not too much any way.

*Secrets and Mince Pies* is available in **paperback** and **Kindle** from **Amazon**, and a sample of the first couple of chapters can be found below.

Monday 22nd December

Chapter 1

There were few people in the world who annoyed John more than Cliff Richard. Graham Norton was certainly up there, and so too were Richard Madeley and that bloke off the Halifax adverts. But what made Sir Cliff stand out head and shoulders above all the others, was that he had been consistently annoying John for over four decades. There were several reasons for this. There was his hair, his voice, his unnaturally orange skin. There was that video where he was prancing around on roller-skates, and that brown leather jacket he insisted on wearing everywhere. There was his name, which was rather appropriate, thought John, as he wanted to throw himself off one every time he heard one of Cliff’s records. There was the fact he turned down Sue Barker at her peak, and of course who could forget the day God took his revenge on tennis lovers and the whole of mankind in general by making it rain at Wimbledon and allowing good old Cliff to get his hands on a microphone. If only Cliff had gone on his Summer Holidays and stayed there, thought John, the world would be a far better place.

And right now, Cliff was up to his old tricks again. John was trying his very hardest to concentrate. He knew he had to if he was to have any chance of salvaging what was turning out to be a pretty desperate situation. But how could John’s brain be expected to function normally with the sultry sounds of Sir Cliff seeping out of the speakers and invading his ears?

Even for Cliff, thought John, this was a low point. As far as John could tell, he had nicked the words of a well known prayer, combined them with the music to that stupid song everyone sings at New Year, and chucked the word “Millennium” into the title to make it somewhat topical. And as a result he had got to number one, made a shed load of money, snapped up a few more brown leather jackets, and in the process ruined the Christmases of millions of people around the world. John wondered if EMI would be interested in his own musical endeavour – “A Hymn for 2004”: the words of Hail Mary set to the tune of the Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up.

Anyway, enough of that. John had to concentrate. He was in trouble. A few moments ago, Bradley had confidently scooped up all seven of his letters, arranged them neatly on the board, and in response to his father’s bemused face, announced:

“QUASSIN, as in the medical compound obtained from the wood quassia. And that’s on a double word, and it also makes QI, the vital force that in Chinese thought is inherent in all living things, and UP, as in the opposite of down… so it’s eleven points for QI, five for UP as the U is on the double-letter, seventeen doubled is thirty-four for QUASSIN, plus the fifty point bonus for using all seven of my letters, makes… one hundred points. Which moves me onto three hundred and eighteen, and you are on sixty-five. Your go Dad”.

John again looked down at his letters. He had six vowels and an L. He didn’t think his son would accept “AAAOOEL”, even if it was the exact sound he wanted to scream at the top of his voice right now.

Still, thought John, as he carefully placed his A, L and E after his son’s S to pick up a handy four points, if being serenaded by Cliff Richard whilst being comprehensively destroyed at Scrabble by his ten year old son was the only thing worrying him this Christmas, John would have been a very happy man indeed.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

Chapter 2

The voice came from out in the hallway, but it managed to creep its way underneath her locked bedroom door like an unwelcome intruder.

“Gemma, can you please get off the phone!”

“One second, babe… yes Mum, just give me five minutes, for God’s sake!”

“You said that an hour ago. Come on love, I need to call your Auntie Lorna”

Gemma pretended not to hear and instead pulled her blanket right up to her chin and started wrapping her long, recently dyed hair around the index finger of her spare hand.

“Sorry about that babe, just the old parentals again. I wish they would just chill out”

“Have you told them yet?”

“Babe, we’ve been on the phone for almost two hours. Don’t you think I would have mentioned something about it if I had told them? Anyway, we agreed we’d tell them together, remember?”

“No, I don’t mean that, I mean have you told them that I am coming for Christmas?”

Gemma’s nose was itching, but her finger was too entwined in her hair for a quick release. She struggled to get it free, and ended up pulling out a few hairs in the process causing a sharp pain to dance across her head and a small tear to appear in her eye.

“Ow!…Yes, I told them this morning”

“What did you say?”

“I said: Mother and Father, the person who is screwing your daughter is coming to stay with us for Christmas, so that he and I can screw right through the festive season and into the New Year. Here are some earplugs, you are sure going to need them”

“And what did you really say?”

Gemma smiled to herself.

“I said: Mum and Dad, would it be okay if my darling boyfriend Matt came to stay with us over Christmas? His parents have gone away on business, all his family are abroad and he has nowhere else to go. He can sleep in the spare room, and he is very good at washing up and making cups of tea”

“The spare room?”

“Yes, but don’t worry, babe. I know where all the creaky floorboards are and how to avoid them. Let’s just say that you are not the first male guest to have stayed over in the spare room”

Matt did not reply, and Gemma immediately regretted what she had said. She had to remember that Matt wasn’t like all the other boys. He was a keeper, and the last thing she wanted to do was to drive him away.

“Anyway, Mum was a bit funny about it at first, and she and Dad asked me to go out of the room for a bit while they discussed it – I think they must have picked up that technique from some TV show, or something – and then about five minutes later they called me back in and said it was okay, so long as we respected The House Rules”.

“So, you’re sure it’s okay?”

“Chill out, babe, it’s totally fine, honest. They’ll love you, just like I do”

Gemma smiled again. Matt wasn’t the first boy she had used the L-word to, but he was certainly the first for whom she meant it.

“And when are we going to tell them about… you know, the other thing?”

Gemma looked out of her window. She could see the road below lit up by the soft orange glow of the street lamps, and above it a world full of stars.

“I don’t know, babe, I don’t know”

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]]>So, along with the **Academies and Enterprise Trust**, I have devised a 20 Topic Revision Plan. This is predominantly aimed at students taking the Higher Tier, but many of the units directly cross-over to Foundation. The questions have been written by Edexcel, but are equally suitable if your students are taking AQA or OCR. The focus is on securing the basics – so, whilst you won’t find any quadratic inequalities or inverse functions, you will find wide coverage of all the key algebraic, geometrical, numeric and statistical skills that students are likely to need to secure a Grade 6 and above.

I have arranged this Revision Plan into a 20 week Scheme of Work, with each week containing one topic. You can start this when you want, easily manipulate the order of the topics with simple drag and drop, and then assign it to your classes with a couple of clicks. Once you have done this your students will receive a quiz every Friday to complete over the weekend based on that week’s topic. Three weeks later they will also receive a follow-up quiz based on that topic to see if their understanding is secure. All quizzes are automatically marked, students can answer them on our **free student mobile app**, and you will benefit from a deep insight into their areas of strength and weakness.

You might be thinking: this sounds great, but I bet it is a right pain to set up. I promise you it is not. Three minutes at most! I have recorded a short video showing you how easy it is here:

And should you want a preview of the quizzes, or even to set them independently to this revision plan, then here they are:

**Calculations, Rounding and Indices**

**Factors, Multiples, Primes, Standard Form & Bounds**

**Basic Algebra**

**Inequalities and Brackets**

**Sequences**

**Coordinates and Real Life Graphs**

**Linear and non-Linear Graphs**

**Fractions and Percentages**

**Ratio and Proportion**

**Multiplicative Reasoning**

**Direct and Inverse Proportion**

**Angles and Polygons**

**Pythagoras and Trigonometry**

**Perimeter, Area and Circles**

**Transformations**

**Similarity and Congruence**

**Averages and Scatter Graphs**

**Cumulative frequency, Box Plots and Histograms**

**Probability**

**Collecting Data and Sampling**

I really hope you and your students find them useful.

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