Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #162

Welcome to my 162nd gems post. This is exactly where I share some of the most recent news, suggestions and means for maths teachers.

1. Scaffolded Responsibilities
Thank you to @JaggersMaths for sharing a very available Pythagoras activity with plenty of scaffolding.

And here is an extract from a further process which is structured to make it both of those obtainable and tough. Thanks to @scott_math83 for this set of likelihood tree thoughts.

2. Amount Etymology Online video

@berniewestacott shared a lovely online video ‘Why is Eleven not termed Oneteeen?‘. This is a truly exciting summary of some of the etymology of numbers. I really like this type of thing.

3. Angles
Instructor and job designer @SegarRogers shared a established of clever angles jobs built to give learners a deep comprehending of complementary angles.

He tweeted his tasks listed here, below and listed here.

4. Indices

@giftedHKO shared an indices job that she made use of with her Year 10s previous week. I am also teaching this subject matter to Yr 10 at the minute, so this was a nicely-timed tweet for me! She had them finish a grid with all the powers of two by to 10 up to the fifth power. This supported them in completing fractional indices issues with larger sized figures.

5. Fractions
@robertkaplinsky shared a challenge from which may possibly be suitable for Calendar year 7s accomplishing fractions. This attractive process is composed by @IanKerr_math.

I really like September – teaching new courses is so enjoyable – but it is constantly manic and exhausting isn’t really it? I have been struggling with mixed emotions in my new purpose. I am loving currently being Head of Maths once more – I’ve completed this occupation before so I really feel really confident in the role, in addition I get to shell out all my time focusing on the thing I’m most passionate about (maths!). But at the very same time it is really irritating for me to stage down from the senior management staff after a few many years of putting my coronary heart and soul into setting up a new college. I know I will get utilised to it. I need to hold reminding myself of all the benefits of shifting function – I no longer shell out two hours a day on programs and spreadsheet function, because they’ve now hired a information officer to do these matters. In its place, I have been swamped with Calendar year 11s asking for assistance with maths at each and every chance (we have not had Yr 11 in this faculty ahead of, so this is a novelty for us!). So I’m nevertheless just as hectic as I utilised to be, but I think my expertise is remaining set to far better use now. I could site individually about some of the issues I’ve currently performed in my ability of Head of Maths, and some of the matters I have planned, as this could possibly aid support new Heads of Maths. Watch this place.

A further matter I’m massively enjoying this 12 months is educating AQA’s Certificate in Additional Maths GCSE. Six decades ago, my timetable was largely A amount. I now haven’t taught A stage for so long, I would forgotten how considerably I love it. Certificate in Additional Maths isn’t really A stage, but I’m training things like Binomial Growth and Trig Identities, which I really like. I have a class of 31 eager mathematicians who meet up with following faculty each Wednesday. It can be heading to be a hurry to get by the content – this week we have been executing some operate on precise trig values and I found out that their fluency in working with surds isn’t very in which I anticipated it to be – but I assume I am heading to completely enjoy educating this system.

Here are some factors from Twitter that you might have missed in the previous pair of months:

  • @mathsaurus shared his free of charge on line course to help college students prepare for the UKMT Senior Maths Obstacle which choose spots on 4th October 2022
  • @Ridermeister shared his issue resolving booklet made up of 151 troubles aimed at 12 months 13s who want to prepare for a university interview in Arithmetic.
  • @PiXLMattTheApp shared a software to generate a bespoke maths newsletter in thirty seconds! With this instrument you can make a e-newsletter that could be sent residence to parents or utilized as a type time action.

In other news, I beloved putting on my new mathsy Popsy dress ‘Marva‘ at faculty last 7 days. I will have on it once again on our Open Day in a couple of weeks. Colleagues continue to keep inquiring me how numerous maths attire I have. Five! A person for each working day of the 7 days.

I appear ahead to observing you all at some of the conferences coming up in the Autumn time period. I am going to be performing a new ‘Topics in Depth’ presentation on place at #mathsconf30 in Manchester on 15th October (I hope! I’ve booked a teach to Manchester, but because of to concerns with the coach operator, there are currently no trains household on Saturday or Sunday. This is stressful!). I’m also talking at the Pixl Maths Convention at The Oval on 12th October. And if you work for Harris, I’m speaking about Crucial Phase 3 problem at the Harris Federation Oct Conference at the ExCeL Centre on 14th Oct. Even though composing this I have realised that I’ve unintentionally agreed to do three convention displays in a person week! Oops – sounds intensive! The good news is I will be on half-term the subsequent 7 days to recuperate.

I’ll depart you with this surdic expression to simplify –  your GCSE learners may get pleasure from this. This was shared by @mathisstillfun, a good account to observe for typical maths troubles.