Questions that promote thinking

I came across this document awhile back on Twitter.

The link to this document is here. The poster has 100 questions for teachers to ask students to promote mathematical thinking and classroom discussion. I was really drawn to these and wanted a way to implement these in my classroom. Many of these questions I ask on a regular basis but felt that many of these questions would be very useful for my students to ask themselves as well. My problem was how to interpret these and display these in a helpful way.

Then yesterday I saw these on Twitter: Continue reading

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While You Were Out Wall

In a previous blog post One thing to Improve I wrote about a problem I have with absent pupils. This summarizes my thoughts.

One area which has always been a struggle for me is dealing with pupils who have been absent. Whether an illness or appointment or school trip or family holiday, pupils tend to expect to walk back into class and somehow magically catch up with the rest of the class. One of my biggest frustrations is when a pupil leaves a homework or test question blank and says “I was off when you did this”.

How do I help pupils to take more responsibility for their own learning?

After this post I was given the suggestion of using Mardel® Filetastic Hanging Folder Pockets. Unfortunately, these are not available in the UK (or at least I couldn’t track them down).

Then some lovely teachers on Twitter sent me links of how to make your own. I love a craft project! Continue reading