## 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 been in this Maths teacher nightmare scenario? A must see! — 30/11/2014

Have you ever been in this Maths Teacher nightmare scenario? A must see! Having been in this scenario many times before this video had me in stitches! It is amazing what we as teachers do when a pupil does not understand a concept or idea, and how frustrating it can really be. Have you ever [...]

## Can you spot the 22 things wrong with this false perspective picture? Great Image! — 10/11/2014

Can you spot the 22 things wrong with this false perspective picture? Great Image! This picture, “Satire on False Perspective” is produced by William Hogarth in 1754. This picture makes a great starter to an Art lesson on perspective but also could be use for any lesson to exercise the mind as a starter and [...]

## The best long multiplication method to teach pupils how to long multiply! Do you agree? — 09/11/2014

Long multiplication methods: The easiest and quickest way to teach pupils long multiplication Having taught this long multiplication method  for many many years I have found this method the most proven, efficient, easiest and effective way to teach pupils how to long multiply. The Napier bones method has been around for years and teachers have [...]

## You will be amazed with what happens when kids play this times tables game! — 29/10/2014

Times tables games for kids This is a great way to get pupils to practice their times tables and become more fluent in their understanding and recall of times tables facts. The game is very simple and just requires a 10 x 10 grid and two dice. As well as a times tables practice the [...]

## This looks GREAT! Another Magical Maths Mental Maths Multiplying Numbers Trick! — 27/10/2014

Mental Maths Multiplying Numbers Trick In some circles this is called the “Vedic” method but this is another mental maths multiplying trick that can be used as a great lesson starter. Why does it work? Does it work for 3 digit numbers? Can you do this in your head? These are some of the questions [...]

## Let’s see how Intelligent you are? A classic BIDMAS question! >> Intelligence Test #69 — 07/10/2014

Let’s see how Intelligent you are? A classic BIDMAS question! Intelligence Test #69 This is a classic BIDMAS intelligence question that you might have seen floating on the web. It will make a great starter to any lesson or just a simple way of measuring some mathematical understanding of Order of Operations. There are loads [...]

## I bet you have not tried the online version of the UKMT Maths Challenge! What a Challenge! — 30/08/2014

Guest Blogger: @mathstermaths UK Maths Challenge Here is the latest free offering from Mathster – a UKMT Maths Challenge online quiz using original Maths Challenge questions from over the last 6 years. Fantastic for students to practice at home, select your level and the number of questions you want and create the quiz. Comments are FREE, please [...]

## 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 [...]

## What is your favourite number? Mine is 10,213,223! Do you know why? #shareamathsstarter — 19/08/2014

What is your favourite number? This is a great little starter/Do Now question you can have on the board when pupils are coming into your classroom. Simply ask learners what their favourite number is and more important why? I love the example of 10,213,223 as it has a very cool reason to why it is someone’s [...]

## 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 [...]

## The best Robin Williams Tribute out there, and all done in 60 seconds! Will send a shiver down your spine! — 16/08/2014

Robin Williams Tribute I grew up watching Robin Williams films and was devastated with the news of his death. Below is an emotional tribute to Robin Williams, and all done in 60 seconds! This would make a great starter to a lesson or a form session and would generate great discussion about his death. Be [...]

## 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 [...]

## Do not be the “Odd One Out”, check out these Math Lesson Starters! #shareamathsstarter — 04/08/2014

Guest Blogger: @Debbie_Hart_UK Math Lesson Starter: #Shareamathsstarter I’m a great fan of work which is self-checking, hence I created a set of starter activities that include the answers. Students are given a grid containing 16 possible answers. I then show 15 questions. The answers to the questions are contained in the grid – the students just [...]

## Take a look at these Maths Literacy Starters! WOW! — 04/08/2014

Guest Blogger: @InteractMaths Mathematical Literacy Starters I use a wide variety of starters in my lessons, which can depend on the topic currently being taught or be independent of the curriculum. Both have their place in lessons, develop different types of skills. I have several go to ideas which are independent of any current topic and [...]