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

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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

Lesson Fail No. 1

Blog posts I have written previously have focussed on resources I have made, examples of pupil work, activities that were successful and anything else related to teaching and learning (including classroom decorating). The same could be said for Twitter – positive messages to share great things happening in my classroom.

However, not every day is a great day. There are lessons which go wrong for many reasons. Days when I feel like I’m right back at the start and feel completely lost.

It is important to share the lessons that didn’t go to plan, to share days where I’ve struggled just to make it to the end of the day. Teaching is hard. Teaching is demanding. Teaching is learning.  Continue reading

#loveteaching

It’s the middle of the school holidays but I am writing this post in response to the article today by the Secret Teacher in the Guardian. I read a great post by Miss B Lilley about spreading the positive message of teaching instead of all the negativity. Here’s the invitation:

I invite you to become the Not So Secret Teacher, send me through your positive experiences of teaching, just focus on one particular thing that you love about teaching, or that makes your day, or that reminds you of how lucky you are to spend your days teaching young people, let’s inspire people to take on (and keep) a career that is more rewarding than so many others.

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Before I write about why I love teaching I want to share three things:

  1. there is a lovely website One Good Thing where teachers all over the world share one good thing from their day. Make sure to check it out here.
  2. teaching is a challenging profession but through debate, discussion, sharing and support it can be the most wonderful job.
  3. Some maths teachers back in August started using the hashtag #mathsrockedtoday as a way to highlight positivity in the classroom. I would love to see others joining in.

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Numeracy Grids

I previously blogged about my discovery and creation of Challenge Grids. I experimented using them with a few classes but didn’t feel I was using them as effectively as I could.

Moving to my new school a few weeks ago, I now teach mixed ability junior classes. My initial query was how can I have a starter task that all in the class can do which supports the lower ability but also challenges the more able?

Numeracy grids – every Wednesday the class is given a Numeracy grid like this: Continue reading

The Traffic Light Game

I love playing strategy games with my classes. The games don’t have to be overly mathematical but help to develop logical thinking. I also love these games as everyone in the class can compete and win even if they are not as confident with maths as their opponents. I always hope that there are an odd number of pupils in the class so that I can play too!

Here is a game that I only discovered last week. It is from one of my favourite sites NRICH.

These are the rules: Continue reading