On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to John Corbett.
John has been a maths teacher for 11 years, and is better known the world over as the man behind the ridiculously incredible Corbett Maths – the home of hundreds of free videos, practice questions, textbook exercises, revision materials and more.
In a wide ranging, interview we covered the following things and more:
- How does John introduce pi via the medium of a baguette?
- How does John prepare and deliver a lesson using the Flipped Learning approach? Now, I feel Flipped Learning is a concept that does not get discussed all that often these days, and it is absolutely fascinating hearing John talk about the planning process, the logistics, the technology, what happens before the lesson, what happens in the lesson, what John perceives as the numerous benefits to Flipped Learning, and what advice John has for teachers wanting to try this out.
- John tells us about his amazing 5-a-days, where the idea came from, and how exactly he uses them with all his classes
- We delve deep into why John started recording videos, how Corbett Maths has grown, and he describes exactly how much work goes into preparing and recording a video – and it is quite a surprise, I can tell you!
- How has creating videos made John a better teacher, and why he would advise every teacher to record a video?
- John explains about his Practice Questions and Textbook Exercises, and how he manages to write so many original questions
- We talk about John’s GCSE Revision Cards, and after you have heard how much work John does, and how good these are, you will be ordering them up
- And just before he talks about his Big 3, John describes what he he wishes he had known when he started teaching
Now, this is yet another epic interview, and unless you are stuck in some serious traffic you might need to digest it in a couple of sittings. But I am so happy that people are seeing these interviews as really useful CPD. I know I am learning so much myself from my guests, and I hope you are too.
As ever, just a reminder to check out the most recent developments of Diagnostic Questions – including our lovely GCSE Maths Collections for Edexcel, AQA and OCR, and our student mobile app – and over at Mr Barton Maths, where I have updated my Topic Page to make it even easier to find rich tasks, worksheets, complete lessons, interactive resources and probing questions for every single maths topic, and my popular GCSE Maths Takeway page for the new specification.
John’s website (as if you didn’t know) is corbettmaths.com
On Twitter John is @CorbettMaths
You can find out more about John’s amazing GCSE Maths Revision Cards by watching this video
The the website/app John uses to collect student notes prior to his lesson is showbie.com
The construction website that John mention is mathopenref.com
Click to download the (amazing) Pirate Game, and the festive spin-off The Reindeer Game
Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
I am a maths teacher, currently teaching at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, UK. Here are links to some of my work:
Mr Barton Maths Blog
Mr Barton Maths Podcast
Just the Job Podcast