The Start of the Lesson

The start of the lesson is so important as it sets the tone for the rest of the lesson. For my junior classes I use a mixture of Which One Doesn’t Belong? Estimation 180, Numeracy Grids, Numeracy Ninjas, Fraction Talks, Open Middle, Transum, …..

But I have always been quite unsatisfied with the starters I set for my senior classes. I typically choose a few questions based on the previous lesson as a lead in to the current one. While I don’t think there was anything wrong with the questions I was setting I knew I could use the starter in a more purposeful way. Continue reading

Unremarkable and ordinary

I’ve been struggling this year with blogging. I’ve had the time but not the motivation or inspiration. When I have sat down to write a blog post I haven’t been able to think of anything worth sharing. Now when I say “worth sharing ” I mean I haven’t made any great fancy resource or game to share, I don’t have any big ideas or anything I think anyone would want to read. Continue reading

5 minutes of fun (there’s more!)

I have blogged previously about quick games/activities that I love to use with classes either in the middle of a double period or at the end of a lesson. These are not specifically related to the current content but all have a little bit of maths involved. I don’t use these all the time but I love having a bank of these ready if required.

The previous posts are called 5 minutes of fun (or more) and (Even More) 5 minutes of fun!. Do check them out.

Here are some more games/activities that I have started to use and I hope you might find them enjoyable too. Continue reading

Non-Calculator Skills Part 1

Here are a sample of questions from National 5 exam papers that my current S3 class could face next year.

Now these questions are not that tricky and most would manage them easily with a calculator. However, these questions appear in the non-calculator section of the exam. This is where many pupils trip up. I am always amazed how after such a focus on non calculator skills in S1-3, once we start focussing on algebra, trigonometry, quadratics etc the pupils seem to forget all about written calculations. Continue reading

Teaching Angles – Part 2

In my last post I wrote about my week of lessons about angles with my S1 class. You can read about it here.

The next focus of our angles work was angles in triangles. We spent a lesson looking at calculating missing angles in scalene, right and isosceles triangles. Most of the questions I set were from a school textbook but for extension I used these sheets from Don Steward. Continue reading

Teaching Angles

Over the past week I have been teaching angles to my S1 class. We are still working on angles but I thought I would share a few of the different ways we have been learning about angles so far.

After a quick discussion about their prior knowledge we took a note about the different types of angles. These covered acute, right, obtuse, straight, reflex and full turn.

I then set the class this challenge: Continue reading