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Maths Journals 25 June 2014

About a year ago, I wrote this blog post about keeping Mathematical Scrapbooks and in the mean time I have also posted this about Mathematical Communication. A year on from that first post I am reviewing... more

Mathematical Task Design 17 June 2014

The people at the UK based NCETM who organise the Tuesday night #mathscpdchat on twitter asked for volunteers to steer the chat during the month of June. I have volunteerd for Tuesday 17th June 2014... more

School of Hard Sums 4 June 2014

I have just watched my first episode of 'School of Hard Sums' and really enjoyed it. I dont live in the UK and so am playing catch up. It is another great example of what I put under the heading of... more

Qama Calculators 15 May 2014

So we have just invested in a few of these Qama calculators to play with. I think I just needed to see one for myself and see how it worked. The basic logic is really quite simple. You enter a calculation... more

Mathemagician 16 January 2014

My son received a magic box recently as a present. There are some nice tricks in it (disappearing coins and silks, etc.) but one mind-reading trick in particular caught my eye. First, a member of... more

Christmas Mathematics Lessons 8 December 2013

This is the question that irks me most when we approach the end of Christmas term. Of course, I would want to reply that all lessons are fun! However, the forthcoming Christmas break always presents... more

Ideas to Activities 6 October 2013

So how many mathematics teachers have had the experiencing of sharing a really cool bit of mathematics with their students only to be disappointed that their students didn't get caught up in the magic... more

Mathematical Communication 15 September 2013

'Tell me a story with a beginning, middle and an end' This is just a short observation based on a couple of experiences this week. I found myself talking about written communication a number of times... more

A Balanced Mathematical Diet 10 August 2013

This year I have the mixed ability 14/15yr old group. Over two years we need to work together to achieve the goals students set themselves for their General Certificate of Secondary Education exams aged... more

Digital Memories 14 July 2013

I’m lucky enough to have a sparky class of Year 10 students. At the school where I work we recognise that GCSE mathematics on its own is not enough to prepare them for the Higher Level Mathematics... more