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In October 2016 I started writing a series of posts called '5 Websites You Should Know...'. I wrote four posts, covering Corbett Maths, Mr Carter Maths, MathsBot and MathsPad. These posts were based on a presentation I did at a TeachMeet. The fifth website in my TeachMeet presentation was resourceaholic.com, but it didn't make sense for me to write a blog post about my own website. So my '5
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I've really enjoyed looking through a fully digitised version of Elementary Algebra for Schools, a maths textbook which was first published 1885. I wish I had more time to do so. Unlike A Classbook of Algebra, a set of algebra exercises that I blogged about a couple of months ago, Elementary Algebra for Schools is a proper textbook featuring explanations, definitions and worked examples (plus
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This is the last in my series of three posts sharing the work of a team of teachers who have been busy typing up exercises from a 1950s algebra textbook. In today's post I've provided links for two topics: A. Directed Numbers  B. Factorising and Expanding.  For each exercise I've included an extract so you can preview the type of questions covered. The idea is not necessarily to use these
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Welcome to my 83rd gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. Many of us are on half term this week, which is a great relief as usual. Time to catch up on some sleep, spend some time with my children, and get on top of my growing to do list. If you haven't had much time for Twitter lately, this post features some things that you might
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A few weeks ago I published a post called 'Equations Exercises'. In that post I shared some exercises that have been typed up from a 1950s algebra textbook. In my opinion these are well written exercises with a good level of stretch and challenge. The idea is not necessarily to use these exercises in their entirety. They are provided in Word format so it's easy to copy and paste examples to use
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Welcome to my 82nd gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. GCSE Questions by Category Jamie Frost (@DrFrostMaths) has started to create a set of "Full Coverage" GCSE revision worksheets. So far he's published question compilations for four topics: bounds, proof, functions and direct and inverse proportion. These compilations contain
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Craig Barton's new book 'How I Wish I'd Taught Maths' is a game changer... in a game that very much needs changing. It's absolutely superb. I genuinely think it might have a huge impact on the way maths is taught. Or at least, I hope it does. Craig's teaching has transformed significantly in recent years. Through a charming and witty narrative, Craig explains how he used to teach - back when he
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I was looking at some of the old maths textbooks at my school and noticed than even as recently as the 1980s, textbook exercises contained a lot more practice questions than modern textbooks. Below is an example comparing the same topic in a 1980s textbook ('Negative Numbers and Graphs' by Heylings) and a current GCSE textbook ('Edexcel GCSE Maths Higher' published by Oxford University Press).
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While reading the Victorian maths textbook 'Elementary Algebra for Schools' I spotted quite a few words and phrases which are rarely used in modern secondary school maths classrooms. I'm not saying that this vocabulary has disappeared from the field of mathematics, but I doubt you will hear it in a GCSE lesson. Here are some examples. Unity Meaning: the number one. "When the coefficient is
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Happy New Year maths teachers! Welcome to my 81st gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 1. Number Properties In Gems 79 I shared this lovely puzzle from Chris Smith (@aap03102): Since then I've seen two great resources based on a similar idea. The first is the interactive 'Consecutive Number Types' puzzles from Jonathan Hall (@
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