# A little bit of logic

At the start of this term I have been working on Logic and Reasoning with my S1 class. The aim is to focus on strategies, thinking, discussion, problem solving and perseverance.

As a class we have looked at two way tables, Venn diagrams and logic problems. But I also wanted to throw in a few strategy games and puzzles.

Firstly, we played the Traffic Light Game, which I wrote about previously. It was so much fun. I still love that it is a game that everyone can play no matter of mathematical ability and can develop strategies to win.

Then we looked at how to solve Futoshiki puzzles. Futoshiki puzzles are from Japan and the name means “inequality”. Continue reading

# 0 to 49 Cards

Here is a little task that the new S1 pupils will be completing in their Numeracy lessons this week. There will be three different sets of these cards so pupils will not be able to see the answers at another table.

The concept is simple – the statements on the cards all give an answer from 0 to 49. The task of each group is to put the statements in numerical order from 0 to 49.

Here are some of the statements: Continue reading

# My Classroom

I spent a few days last week trying to sort out my classroom so it was ready for the new term. It is not perfect but it is so much better than it was before the holidays and it is a good starting point for the coming year.

I’m sure you will recognise many of the decorations as I have acquired them from many people across the Internet – mostly @mathequalslove – no surprises there. Apologies for the poor pictures – the Sun was actually shining today! Continue reading

# My Goals

I have a few goals that I want to achieve this year. Some are very small and hopefully manageable while others will take longer and more time. I’m sure that as the year progresses my goals will likely change but as I start back at school tomorrow these are the things that are on my mind. Continue reading

# Questions Board

New Idea (sort of): I saw this in a classroom somewhere a long time ago and it stuck in my head. It is a board for display in my classroom that will look a little like this.

When I put it up in my room I will use some nice brightly coloured paper.

My dilemma is how to use this effectively. I have a few ideas. Continue reading