Have you ever thought about the mathematics culture in your classroom? — 02/11/2014

Guest Blogger: @gareth_metcalfe Mathematics culture How can we learn well in maths? Why do some people find mathematics difficult? What does it mean think and act like a mathematician? These are fundamental questions; the way children answer these questions will to a large extent determine their success as mathematicians. I believe, therefore, that we need to [...]

Take a look at my favourite properties of whole numbers question! What is yours? — 01/11/2014

Guest Blogger:  @gareth_metcalfe Properties of Whole Numbers ‘Do all odd square numbers greater than 1 have 3 factors?’ I love this question. Let me explain why, and the train of thought that it can generate. Children usually start by generating the odd square numbers, identifying that square numbers have an odd number of factors (1, [...]

Buy some Lollipop sticks to improve questioning in your classroom! — 22/10/2014

Guest Blogger: @jsleemo Are you thinking about buying Lollipop sticks? Are you fed up with the same old hands join up whenever you ask a question in the classroom?  Same children wanting to share their ideas while others are passive in their learning?  Well, lolly stocks may just be the answer! Comments are FREE, please leave [...]

Why all teachers should buy and use mini whiteboards in their classroom lessons! — 16/09/2014

Guestblogger: @HolbyL Mini whiteboards for the classroom I was asked to write this blog post after responding to what I thought was an innocent tweet – I have learnt my lesson now! The original question was about how do people use mini whiteboards in their lessons. Below is an outline of how we use them every [...]

One for the scientists, the value of tactile learning tools in science education! — 15/09/2014

Guestblogger: @ModusGolems Tactile learning tools in education Interesting or unusual learning tools can be a useful way to grab students’ attention. Students get excited about playing with a fun new toy. Then, when they least expect it, they realise they’ve learned something! But fun educational tools can be more than just an exciting hook. There is [...]

Develop the art of story telling by understanding how telling a story affects the brain! WOW! — 07/09/2014

The art of story telling I came across this info graphic on twitter and have shared it with all my followers and the feedback has been immense. I always love starting a lesson or the day with a story of some sort, fiction or non fiction. It is very useful to try and understand what [...]

Using traffic lights as an assessment of learning tool in the class room! Reflect on progress! — 07/09/2014

Guestblogger: @tamstar79 Assessment of Learning Recently I attended a school presentation on students reflecting on their learning. There were lots of great ideas on how to provide the opportunity for students to self reflect. The challenge for me was to think of a way for all my year 1 students to be able to understand how to [...]

A must watch for all Teachers!!! If only I Knew Then >> A Letter to Me on My First Day of Teaching — 01/08/2014

My First Day Of Teaching I was browsing through the Edutopia web site and came across a great video on teacher appreciation week. It got me thinking about an idea for a teacher training/reflection activity that I am now planning to deliver for next year as a teacher CPD twilight. The idea is very simple, [...]

The answer to creating the “The Perfect Maths Lesson”! @IanLoynd — 29/07/2014

Guestblogger: @IanLoynd A Perfect Maths Lesson Teachers have the most important job in the world. At a time when expectations and accountability are at an all-time high, delivering excellence in the classroom has never been more difficult. And this is true no more so than for maths teachers. Maligned in the press for poor international performance [...]

Why Teaching Needs You – Teacher, YOU Matter! Advice on Becoming a Teacher! — 14/07/2014

Guestblogger: @TeachYOUMatter Why Teaching Needs You – Teacher, YOU Matter! Advice on Becoming a Teacher! Teachers are some of the most amazing people on the planet. After our parents, our teachers have the most impact on us, one so profound that we are almost certainly a product of what they have taught us. I would like [...]

Have you read the brief history of the magic of the “Mathematics Apprenticeship”? — 14/06/2014

Guestblogger: @gareth_metcalfe A few years ago I had a year 6 class which included some very able, enthusiastic and strong-willed learners (the best kind!). They would engage well in maths, unquestionably making great progress and always thriving on challenge. However, I had started to sense that the maths curriculum they were experiencing was missing something. I [...]

The magic of teaching and learning! Teach teachers how to create magic! Take a bow @chrisemdin! — 11/04/2014

“Magic can be taught! Magic can be taught!” – It sure can! I came across this TED video today and I felt that it clearly deserves a post entry on Magical Maths. Christopher Emdin discusses how rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services  all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time. [...]

Changing Education from the ground up – Sir Ken Robinson >> Another MUST WATCH! — 10/04/2014

You have probably seen Ken Robinson’s TED video on how to escape education’s death valley and have been impressed with what he argues. Below is a RSA video showing Ken Robinson discussing his views on how to  change education from the ground up. He talks about  the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of [...]

Have you seen the top 5 steps to improved leadership and successful learning conversations? — 29/03/2014

Guestblogger: @signpostcoach Using the coaching model to prepare teachers for leadership roles and conversations 1. Using the wheel of life approach to identify key leadership skills and practises. Identifying 8 areas of leadership one for each quadrant on the wheel and dividing each quadrant according to how successful you feel in that area. 2. Identifying personal [...]

The best way to crack Level 6 Maths at Primary School KS2! >> Great Advice! — 26/03/2014

Guest blogger: @tambotaylor Level 6 Maths Two years ago I took over as headteacher of Park Hill Primary school in Coventry and like all schools it had its strengths and areas for development. One particular area that needed fine tuning was maths and in particular progress within the subject between KS1 and KS2. The issue in [...]