On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast I spoke to Jamie Frost.
Jamie is a maths teacher at the high-achieving Tiffin School, and the creator of the amazing Dr Frost Maths.
When I say Tiffin is high-achieving, I really do mean, high-achieving. To put this into context, Jamie would expect around half of his bottom set Year 11s to achieve an A* grade, which just about put them on a par with our top set! But this context lead to a fascinating conversation about how to challenge these high achieving students, which I hope is something all teachers will find interesting and useful.
In a wide ranging interview, we covered the following things:
- How does Jamie use the categories of Structure, Exposition, Assessment and Differentiation to help plan his lessons?
- What teaching gimmicks does Jamie not like?
- Why is thinking through the sequence of lessons so important, and what does the Tiffin maths scheme of work look like?
- How does Jamie make use of past UKMT maths challenge questions within his lessons, together with skill check questions?
- Jamie talks us through a bad lesson he has delivered and what he learned from it
- We discuss if it is easier to teach high achieving students than low achieving students, and whether Jamie would consider working at a more traditional comprehensive
- We uncover a form of differentiation that is necessary when working with high achieving students that is not commonly discussed
- Jamie explains why he feels it is vitally important that students learn to internalise concepts in mathematics, and he illustrates this concept with some really interesting examples
- We look at the process of resource creation
- What are Jamie’s future plans for his site?
- Jamie shares some really valuable tips and advice which are aimed at trainee teachers and NQTs, but which will ring true for so many teachers, including myself
- Why Jamie would advise all maths teachers to try tutoring
Jamie is engaging, and his approaches are carefully considered and thought-provoking. I hope you agree that this is another engaging, worthwhile listen.
Jamie’s website is: http://drfrostmaths.com/
On Twitter he is @DrFrostMaths
Jamie’s Big 3
1. mrbartonmaths (very kind, and I promise no money changed hands for this recommendation. Well, not much money, any way)
3. ukmt and free past maths challenge questions
“Bob the Postman has 5 letters to deliver, one to each of 5 houses. How many ways are there are of Bob delivering the letters so that no one gets the correct letter?”
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Thanks so much for listening, and I really hope you enjoy the show!
6 thoughts on “#013 Jamie Frost – Dr Frost Maths and Teaching High Achievers”
I’m trying to solve the podcast puzzle and possibly work out a formula for other numbers of houses/letters.
Firstly is the solution 44/120? Secondly is there a formula?
brilliant podcast. I am an advanced skills teacher..made me reflective, particularly about the quiet struggling student and teachers subject knowledge
Really pleased you enjoyed it!
I suggest you send Jamie a Tweet!
You went even further and worked out the probability! But yes, 44 is the answer. One Year 9 student at my school came up with a particularly good method: to divide up the 5 people into groups each of at least 2 people (which could be just one group of 5), then there’s (n-1)! ways within each group of n. This article explains the problem, as well as giving you both a term-to-term recurrence but also an awesomely simple position-to-term formula: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derangement
One thing to add: Reciprocate your probability then look at its decimal representation. Look familiar?