Maths; tesselations |

Something from my file…

A starter for an activity that could be developed in many directions, depending on the needs of the children. Shape and pattern in one activity?

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Maths; Race To The Flat? |

A very simple activity that can be very effective in supporting rapid calculation could be called race to or from the flat.
As long as you have Dienes base 10 materials and dice, this can be developed to cater for a variety of needs.
The rules of each game are simply described.
·         Decide whether it’s a race to or from the flat (100 square). Decide whether, when the dice are thrown, the numbers are added together (any number of dice) or multiplied (two or three dice?).
·         Dienes materials available to each group, plus dice appropriate to the needs of the group….

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directed number arithmogons | don steward

the word ‘arithmogons’ (rather than ‘arithmagons’) seems to stem from an article by Alistair McIntosh and Douglas Quadling in Maths Teaching number 70 (in 1975)

amongst many other things Leo Moser (1921 to 1970) studied pairs of numbers adding up to totals, including the work in the third resource: pairs of numbers always summing to a square number

the powerpoint goes through various algebraic solution steps – one good reason for studying arithmogons, as well as (in this case) practice with directed numbers

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Children’s development Vs the curriculum | sabrinafayepinnock

I love this quote. I love that each individual child is so unique and different inside and out. It’s strange that we have such a wealth of knowledge based on children and how they learn. Yet the curriculum leaves teachers with little time to explore topics and the pressure of getting children to ‘meeting’ ‘greater depth’ or even deciding that a child is just always going to be ‘developing.’

Wouldn’t it be nice to just spend time with your class to really watch them grow and achieve at a rate that suits them? If children really learn at their own rate, then why do we push them so much to…

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Workshops for aspiring National Teaching Fellows, 2018 | Phil Race

Sally Brown, and other members of the Committee of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, in conjunction with the HEA, are presenting a series of free workshops around the UK on the revised National Teaching Fellowship scheme for 2018, for aspirants and supporters. Events will be held at:

Leeds Beckett University (March 1st)
Birmingham Newman University (March 1st)
Edinburgh Napier University (March 2nd)
University of Bath (March 2nd)
University of Bournemouth (March 5th)
Ulster University, Belfast (March 7th)
Manchester Metropolitan University (March 8th)
University of South Wales…

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Q&A with Chris Higgins | Anne Horemans

JUST IMAGINE: You used to be a teacher. How & when did you make the transition to full time writing

CHRIS HIGGINS: I was a full-time secondary school English teacher and had four children of my own so, though I loved writing, I never had the time to sit down and write a book. Instead I used to write a school play and produce it every year plus the occasional short stories which were published in a local press. Then my children grew up and started going off to university and I had a brush with cancer which focused my mind completely. Finally I sat down and wrote that book which was…

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