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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!

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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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Interrupting Won’t Save Time: Top 7 Rules To Make Groupwork Work!

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Guestblogger: thenumberverse 7 Rules To Make Group work Work It’s the Easter holidays. The harsh Devon wind blasts my ears back as I walk my two young children across the car park into the entrance of the Bear Feet soft play

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Are you making your pupils scratch where there is no itch? Great Read!

Guest Blogger: @thenumberverse  NEED BEFORE FEED: I Don’t Have A Question For Your Answer. How well should we expect pupils to listen, engage, and try? Why should they, over and above a sense of duty? Let’s say you start a lesson

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The Numberverse’s view on ‘How to Teach Primary Maths – anyone can feed sweets to sharks’

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Guestblogger: @mrtileynunn Easy to read, easy to use and dead right! This book is perfect for a teacher starting out. It brims with enthusiasm and ideas – all of them putting a thrill into Maths, but staying practical. Most of these

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The Potency of Maths Problems – a snippet from the intro of ‘How to Teach Primary Maths – Anyone Can Feed Sweets to Sharks’

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Guestblogger: @mrtileynunn The Potency of Maths Problems Child A: Errrrrrrm, sir, I think we’ve got a problem … Teacher: Really? Show me what the problem is. Child B (head stuck inside a cardboard box): I’m stuck! I tried to see if

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Do you know ‘How To Teach Primary Maths – anyone can feed sweets to sharks’ ?

Guestblogger: @mrtileynunn An easy-read creative little maths book Nick’s (@mrtileynunn) approach is to make maths memorable. This includes using sugar sharks to explain division, greedy crocodiles to look at equations and developing dance routines to understand algebra. Maths need never be

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Have you ever thought about the mathematics culture in your classroom?

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

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Take a look at my favourite properties of whole numbers question! What is yours?

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

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Buy some Lollipop sticks to improve questioning in your classroom!

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

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Why all teachers should buy and use mini whiteboards in their classroom lessons!

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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

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One for the scientists, the value of tactile learning tools in science education!

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

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Develop the art of story telling by understanding how telling a story affects the brain! WOW!

How does story telling affect the brain

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

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Using traffic lights as an assessment of learning tool in the class room! Reflect on progress!

trafic light cups to assess pupil progress

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

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

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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

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