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Welcome to my 113th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. L Shapes In MathsPad's July update they shared a free interactive tool for finding missing sides of L-shapes. This can be used to demonstrate how the vertical lines on one side of the shape match the total length on the other side and to help pupils separate horizontal and
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I think it's a good idea for secondary school maths departments to spend some time looking at Year 6 SATs papers. Ideally this should be done at the start of September when our new teams are in place and we're planning lessons for the first few weeks of term. When we look at papers it's important to bear in mind that just because a topic was on their end of year assessment, it doesn’t
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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the MEI Conference from Thursday to Saturday last week. I normally only attend conferences at weekends and in the holidays so getting permission from work to attend a term-time conference was a rare treat. The last time I attended the MEI Conference was in 2015 - I blogged about it here. Residential conferences are a very different experience
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Welcome to my 112th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Classic Errors I like this activity suggested by James Tanton (@jamestanton). James asks 'Would taking classic and tempting errors "head-on" be a worthwhile classroom activity and discussion?'.  It's worth reading the responses in the thread. In it Cathy Yenca‏ (@mathycathy) 
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Welcome to my 111th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Multiplication Resources In a Twitter chat on multiplication I saw two nice resources shared. First, Sharon Malley (@mathsmumof2) mentioned these 7 Times Table Reasoning Activities by krisgreg30 on TES. These tasks require children to use known facts to reason how to solve
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I have exciting news! I'm teaming up with Craig Barton to deliver a brand new training course for maths teachers this October. 'Marvellous Maths Teaching' offers a full day of high quality maths CPD. Your school or college will only have to pay £90 + booking fee to send you on this course, which makes it an absolute bargain - many other one day training courses are considerably more expensive.
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One of the Year 11 classes I teach is what we call a withdrawal group. They all got a Grade 0 in their Higher GCSE mock back in November so we moved them to Foundation tier. This was definitely the right decision. I teach them for two double periods a week. The pupils in this particular group are very complex. Trying to teach them has been the most challenging thing I have ever done. I'm crossing
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Welcome to my 110th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. TES Author When we did the latest round of TES Maths Panel reviews, my fellow panelist Damian Watson discovered the wonderful free resources of TES author cparkinson3. This author's PowerPoints are really well designed - they are slick and professional with neatly animated
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Last week it was resourceaholic.com's fifth birthday! It's become a tradition for me to mark the anniversary of my blog by publishing an annual 'Gem Awards' post. Here I look back at all the ideas I've shared in my gems posts over the last year and choose some of my favourites. Each category has a winner and a special mention. 1. Best GCSE Support This award goes to the website BossMaths 
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Welcome to my 109th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Task Simon Gregg‏ (@Simon_Gregg) tweeted about the Nrich task 'Shape Times Shape'. The coloured shapes stand for eleven of the numbers from 0 to 12. Each shape is a different number - pupils have to work out which is which. Read Simon's thread to hear the reasoning of the

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