## Shoe size Math trick explained >> Did you know that your shoes can tell your age? — 03/12/2014

Guest Blogger: @enyinda14 Shoe Size Math Trick How often do students ask their history instructors “when am I going to use what I’ve learned?” NEVER. How often do students ask their math instructors “when am I ever going to use this?” ALL THE TIME. Why is this the case? Because most students don’t find mathematics fascinating. [...]

## Have you ever taught Venn and Caroll Diagrams like this? KS1, KS2, KS3 or at KS4? — 24/08/2014

Venn and Caroll Diagrams at ks1, ks2,ks3 & ks4 Very soon the UK will go Venn Diagram and Caroll Diagram crazy as it is a topic that once was taught at KS1 and KS2 but now is making a new appearance at KS3 and KS4 due to the new changes in specification. From September 2015 [...]

## A truly visual teacher resource for a lesson on Prime Numbers, LCM and HCF! — 18/08/2014

Guest Blogger: @mathstermaths From the very nice people at Mathster comes two very visual ways of explaining two of the most complicated routines in Maths – finding the LCM and HCF of two or more numbers using Prime Factors. These are completely interactive, these two ‘visuals’ can be explored at length by your students. A great [...]

## WOW! Another AMAZING illusion! Can you change the direction of the train? Share once you can do it! — 09/08/2014

Amazing Changing Direction Illusion Now this is a great little illusion you can play to your class as quick introduction to a lesson. Look at the image carefully and see if you can get the train to change its direction. Be resilient and do not give up and you will me amazed how you can [...]

## Apparently a child can solve this Math problem in 30 seconds! I bet you will struggle! — 26/07/2014

Viral Facebook Math Problem This is another classic Math problem that has gone viral on the internet specifically on Facebook and Twitter. However, it doubles up as a great Math problem starter to a lesson that generates great discussion and debate. It is said and I do not have the evidence of this that children [...]

## How to hack credit cards using Mathematics! I bet you can not work out my credit card pin code! — 26/07/2014

I bet you can not hack my credit card and work out my pin Why not set your class a challenge to be able to work out the pin code to your credit card! This is a fun and engaging Mathematical starter that will get any pupil motivated to answer a great Math question. It [...]

## The secret to easily Learn your 13 times table, 14 times table, 15 times table, 16 times table. . . . . ! Mind Blowing! — 20/07/2014

Maths Trick – Learning your 13, 14, 15, 16,17,18,19,2o times table Are you looking to challenge the most able in your class or want to develop mathematical confidence of your learners? This is a great Maths trick to easily remember your times tables from 13 to 20. You might have come across the hints and [...]

## How about creating an exciting start to a Maths lesson using a football penalty shoot out! GOOOOAAALLL! — 14/06/2014

All credit goes to math-play.com who created these great resources. I used the games below with a low ability group to celebrate the start of the recent world cup and it went down a treat. A great atmosphere was created at the start of the lesson as learners answered Maths questions on solving equations and adding [...]

## Don’t be lazy, read this very quick review of The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook! @thelazyteacher — 06/04/2014

Guest Blogger: @ListerKev  The Lazy Teacher’s Handbook, written by Jim Smith and edited by Ian Gilbert has been around for a few years now (published in 2010). In the book itself Jim Smith readily acknowledges that the title may be a little controversial but the intent is not to encourage teachers to be lazy in [...]

## Have you seen these sports based resources for a possible cross curricular maths lesson? — 05/03/2014

Guestblogger: @bettermaths We recognise that employers are asking for capable mathematicians who can apply their knowledge to authentic situations. We want teachers to support good teaching and learning whenever possible. The following lesson plan was submitted by a Head of Mathematics, following success with his KS4 students. It may be of interest to teachers who [...]

## Weigh a million dollars/pounds in your mind! A great Maths Estimation starter! — 03/01/2014

A million dollars or pounds How about you get your learners to weigh a million dollars or pounds in their minds! This makes a great Maths estimation starter that does not really have an answer. This open ended question is a good way in which to get your pupils to develop their problem solving skills [...]

## The addictive way to past your time! Pop bubble wrap as a reward at the end of a lesson! — 24/12/2013

Popping and playing with bubble wrap is a popular past time for many and this is an addictive resource that will keep you busy for hours and hours! Why not use this as a reward at the end of a lesson on the interactive whiteboard. Try click on the fresh sheet option and listen to [...]

## Shoot the shape game to identifying common 2D geometric shapes, simple but addictive! — 08/12/2013

This is another simple but addictive game created by flashmaths.co.uk This would make a great starter or plenary in a lesson. You could even get learners to play this as a starter in a lesson in an ICT suite. Please leave your comments on how you used the resource below. How to play: “You have [...]

## Make sure learners never forget what it means to turn 180 degrees! Do not try this at home! — 02/11/2013

Make sure learners never forget what it means to turn 180 degrees! Gruesome! You will definitely share this once you have viewed the video! This will make an engaging starter on angles in particular the idea of turning. Be warned this video is a little “ewwwwwww” : ) Please share and leave your comments below.

## Can you estimated a minute? how close can you get? No Cheating! — 29/10/2013

This is a great starter for lesson on estimation or can be used for a random plenary. I love the way in which learners realise that this is not an easy task when they first participate in the task! So how close can you get? Give it a go and then share! Be warned this [...]