Whole-One Search: TES Maths Resource of the Week | MrBarton

To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, Inspect the Spec, Pedagogy Place, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the TES Maths Blog here

What is it?

I’ll be honest – I am no longer a big fan of using word-searches in lessons. In the past I have used them to try to get students to consolidate their knowledge of key mathematical terms, such as parts of a circle or different types of statistical diagrams. And the abundance of free word-search generators on the internet makes the production of such an activity dead easy. However, is trying to…

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Convince Me – Arc Length: TES Maths Resource of the Week | MrBarton

To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, Inspect the Spec, Pedagogy Place, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the TES Maths Blog here

What is it?

A blast from the past year. For many years I was obsessed with Tarsia Jigsaws. In fact, rarely would a week, or even a day, pass without me reaching for the scissors and glue. However, after a while I became concerned that students were not learning as much as they could. Too much time was taken up cutting and sticking – time that could have been spent learning. So, I tweaked my use of Tarsia…

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Amir Arezoo: Lean maths departments, deep work, schemes of work | MrBarton

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to Amir Arezoo.

Amir is an experienced maths teacher, someone who has been head of maths in several schools, and who is now Vice Principal for Raising Achievement at Horizon Community College in Barnsley. I have wanted to get Amir on the show for a while. Listeners have requested more interviews with experienced and successful teachers, so they can learn from their habits, processes and past mistakes. I am a keen follower of Amir’s blogs – The Lean Department and At The Edge of Chaos – and like me he is interested in taking research…

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What went wrong?: TES Maths Resource of the Week | MrBarton

To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, Inspect the Spec, Pedagogy Place, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the TES Maths Blog here

What is it?

Once again I am dipping into the pool of outstanding primary maths resources available on TES for another gem. “What went wrong?” consists of a series of scenarios (presented on small cards for ease of printing) where a classic mistake has been made. For example: Year 6 are doing some quick calculations. Adel has to work out 112 – 99. He knows he can do this mentally by changing 99 to 100 then…

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Angles in Parallel Lines – comparing methods: TES Maths Resource of the Week | MrBarton

To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, Inspect the Spec, Pedagogy Place, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the TES Maths Blog here

What is it?

The beauty of many of the more complex questions involving angles on parallel lines is that they can be solved several different ways. It is important that students experience seeing different methods so they can build up a more comprehensive understanding of the topic, as well as being armed with several different ways into a problem should their preferred method let them down on a particular…

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Exploding Surds: TES Maths Resource of the Week | MrBarton

To see all of the work I do for TES Maths, including Resource of the Week, Inspect the Spec, Pedagogy Place, Maths Newsletters and Topic Collections, please visit the TES Maths Blog here

What is it?

I love surds. I love the way they represent irrational numbers so efficiently, how many of the ways of manipulating them are directly related to the rules of algebra, and above all that feeling when a complex 7-mark epic of a problem pops out with an answer of root-2. Unfortunately, not many students share my love, and surds are definitely a topic that many struggle with. So, I am always on…

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Jane Jones: Ofsted, observations, marking, reasoning | MrBarton

On this episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, I spoke to Jane Jones.

Jane is a former teacher and head of maths who is now the HMI National Lead for Mathematics.

As regular listeners to this podcast will know, over the last two years I have significantly changed my approach to teaching. And frequently, when I present these new ideas to teachers, I hear things like “that’s all well and good, but Ofsted wouldn’t like it”. Well, here was my perfect opportunity to find out if that really is the case.

So, in an epic 3 hour interview, we covered the following things, and much, much more…

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