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Have you seen the must have app all teachers can try for FREE?

maths tutor image

Guestblogger: DaydreamEdu Maths Tutor In this day and age, with technology playing a much larger part in schools, it can be difficult to find resources that facilitate learning in an effective manner. There are thousands of apps available to choose from,

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How do you Demonstrate Mastery Across the Primary Maths Curriculum?

maths debugging

Guestblogger: MrGPrimary Primary Mathematics – The Trainee Teacher viewpoint… As a trainee entering the world of teaching, mastery maths has been an exciting development in my school.  The ability to extend all the students through provision of challenge activities has had

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Have you seen Qwizdom Oktopus? The Student Collaboration Software!


Guestblogger: TanyaDeMots Introduction: What is Oktopus? Oktopus is a multi-purpose software designed for touch displays, interactive whiteboards and projectors. Just like its cephalopod mollusk namesake, Oktopus is able to reach out and grab student attention from many directions. Extending its long

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Detention! Does it really work?

detentions does it work

Guestblogger: bcripps078 Someone recently asked about how schools are using detentions. This led me to consider how far the school I teach in has progressed in the last 10 years. I teach in a high school in Belfast. When I began

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What if the world were a village?

The world as 100 people

What if the world were a village? A great activity with shrunk-down statistics to help students understand the “Global Village”. The students look into what the world’s population would look like if we represented it as a village of 100

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The Engaging School Assembly Challenge!

maths and one direction

Guestblogger: @AssemblyTube The Engaging Assembly Challenge! Thirty seven years teaching in large Comprehensive Schools, including 21 years as a Deputy Head, have taught me that creating engaging Assemblies is harder than most people realise. Anyone with enough bravado can stand in

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Maths is pointless! I have never been any good at Maths!

maths is pointless

Guestblogger: @TeaKayB How Can You Help Your Children Learn Maths? I’ve never been any good at maths. Maths is pointless! The above statement* is, in my opinion, the single most damaging thing affecting mathematics education today, for two reasons: 1. It’s

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Are you ready to rock?

you rock you rule

Guestblogger: @the_ttrust Are you ready to rock? At school, I can honestly say the subject I dreaded most was always maths, fearing those square ruled pages and an hour of “if X = 1, Y must = ????”.  Now, 20 years

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Have you ever tried to make the ordinary, extraordinary in Maths?

maths and noodles

Guestblogger: @tessmaths Noodles, Knitting and Gaffer Tape As a Teacher Trainer and rabid Tweeter Teacher I am always “magpieing” ideas and suggestions or chipping in with my own thoughts and ideas for others…”have you seen this “or “try this out”. One

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If Carlsberg did school assemblies

roger bannister 4 minute mile

Guestblogger: PaulWat5 My Best Assembly For new teachers it is a challenge to face, for those longer in the tooth often it is a job at the bottom of a long, long list but no one can escape the assembly. Public

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Make your colleagues smile! This is the best Teacher appreciation idea ever!

what should I buy my teacher as a end of year thank you gift

Teacher Appreciation Ideas I found this idea posted on reddit by yukkonkimmy and will be giving it a go some time this year. It works like this; “I select a day out of form and talk about appreciation and gratitude.

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The thinking behind DoodleMaths

Children don’t always choose what’s best for them

Guestblogger: DoodleMaths I’m delighted to have been asked by the lovely people at Magical Maths to guest blog a little about the thinking behind DoodleMaths. We very much appreciate the opportunity to write a little bit about our motivation for developing

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Have you ever tried Maths with Stormtroopers or Barbies?

storm trooper maths

Guestblogger: PeterMadelaine Maths should be fun for everybody I “got” arithmetic at an early age. In my early teens, one of the things that attracted me to astronomy was the scale of numbers involved: billions and trillions! (In those days a

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Oh no, not another multiplication method!! #vedic

vedic method multiplication

Guestblogger: tessmaths A Vedic multiplication method For some students the column method for long multiplication is enough for them to master. This equips them with a skill to use and apply in ever increasing magnitude even up to multiplying by eleventy

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These cups should have a place in any classroom! Making the ordinary extraordinary!

place values cups 1

Guestblogger: tessmaths These cups should have a place in any classroom! Making the ordinary extraordinary… This picture was one I picked up a couple of years ago on Twitter and it sparked a creative note. Having experimented with the approach to

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