What a math teacher is not, what good math teaching looks like, and how we get there. Teaching that is rewarding, exhausting and completely necessary.
Several topics were new to GCSE Maths Higher tier this year and there were changes in the emphasis of topics. This analysis identifies how students performed in questions on these topics in this year’s examinations. Action points are provided for teachers to consider how students might improve in these areas next year. This has been compiled using the exam reports and feedback provided by Edexcel.
The full document from tutor2u can be found here: Summer-2017-Edexcel-GCSE-Maths-Analysis-New-Topics-Higher-Tier.pdf
At the weekend I attended the Teaching and Learning Takeback conference at Southampton Uni – #TLT17. It was wonderful to meet so many engaged and enthusiastic teachers who had given up their time to share their ideas freely with others. One stand-out session was Rebecca Foster’s who discussed the problems with the need to provide endless streams of summative data and the implications of this for curriculum design. She also shared her method of giving whole class feedback (WCF). These ideas were tweeted out by me and many others – like the one below.
Once something in education, that has always been done, is given a name you can expect a debate to kick off. Knowledge organisers, direct instruction, whole class feedback, none of these are anything new. Teachers have always shared with…
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One of the biggest cultural changes in education that has happened since I trained to teach has been in attitudes to management. This impression has been somewhat re-enforced by some temporary work in independent schools (and a grammar school) where the hierarchy more closely resembled what schools were like when I started teaching. Based on my experience, the following trends have concerned me over the last decade and a half.
- Excessive numbers of managers. When I started, people doing admin tasks were given “responsibility points”. These were changed to TLRs many years ago, and this led to people who only wanted to edit a spreadsheet being encouraged to line manage a colleague. One source claimed 42% of teachers have management responsibilities. In some schools I’ve worked in that’s been more like 50%. If this is a matter of remuneration and doesn’t reflect a power structure, then fair enough. But if…
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A selection of resources for mathematics teachers to explore – aligned to the Victorian Curriculum.
When you hear the words “golden ratio,” you may remember something about a spiral or some guy named Fibonacci. You might also recall a specific number from geometry class—1:1.618.The golden ratio is based on a sequence of numbers that Fibonacci discovered. As the numbers in the sequence increase, the ratio between two adjacent numbers gets closer to—you guessed it—1:1.618. Not only does this ratio occur in a sequence of numbers, it’s prevalent in the natural world, too. Many people believe it to be nature’s perfect proportion. So how does the golden ratio influence design?This infographic will walk you through everything you need to know. Learn basics like what the golden ratio is and where you can find it, plus practical ways to use it in your designs. Whether you’re sizing typography, editing photos, creating shapes, or even working on layout, you’ll be able to use the golden ratio to make your design looks its absolute best.
A reminder of considerations important to facilitating the learning for young children.
Download free notes for Higher Maths
A treasure trove of interesting gems with a focus on probability, uncertainty and chance. A must for teachers who want to make their statistics lessons more relevant and fascinating!
Source: Understanding Uncertainty
“produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim is to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining!”
Another superb blog post from Colleen Young with all the useful information and links that we all need at this time of the year (see below this post). After reading it and checking the links, I created this document for anyone who needs a RAG sheet or checklist of all the topics required for the new GCSE exam – I based it on extracts from the “Exemplification of the New Sample Assessment Materials” that C0lleen mentions and links to in her post. If you would like the Edexcel version of the RAG sheet, please let me know and I can send it to you or place it on my blog at some point.
GCSE (9-1) RAG Sheet Full Curriculum Checklist v2 (created by MrWilliamsMaths on 6 March 2017)
With changes to examinations at both GCSE (UK examination taken at age 16) and A Level (UK examination taken at age 18) all the examination boards are offering help and support for teachers and students. Many excellent resources are available with several published very recently.
For example we have Edexcel’s very helpful resources for teaching new content. For each topic, information, examples and exercises (with answers) are given.
More helpful Edexcel resources include the Exemplification of the New Sample Assessment Materials and the Topic Tests, note the Show More button which will take you to more resources including for example posters of formulae that students need to know.
From AQA and OCR too we have many excellent resources to support the teaching of the new specifications. Given so many new and useful resources I have separated the UK Assessment pages further and now have…
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The modern learner has to sift through a lot of information. That means higher level thinking skills like analysis and evaluation are necessary just to reduce all the noise
What are the principles of modern learning? Well, that depends on how you define ‘learning’ and what you’d consider ‘modern.’ Richard Olsen put together this useful visual way, way back in 2013
When it comes to the success of an individual classroom, nothing is more important than the relationship between the teacher and the students. When it comes to the success of an entire school, nothing is more important than the relationship of the adults in the building.
Plenty of numbers and interesting facts for the first week back at school in January!