FANTASTIC FRIDAY

FANTASTIC FRIDAY

FANTASTIC FRIDAY We have had a ‘bunch’ of maths revision lessons in the past 10 days as the Maths GCSEs fall at the end of the exam timetable. Since we have various students attempting either Modular, Linear (or both) to accommodate their needs we offered lots of maths preparation time. Not least because all their efforts … Continue reading

Students said…

Students said…

At A Level Revision this half term holiday (becoming a bit of a habit, I must say!) one of my lovely Year 13 came out with this gem: Madam, can you help me with these two problems please?…. – No – not those two, I’m going to ask my tutor to go through those with … Continue reading

Wahoo! Son’s a Maths Grad

It’s taken a little while longer than we thought… but Son #1 is now officially A Mathematics Graduate. Smiles and whoops of joy all round. I think we should celebrate with a new hat and a new pair of own-designed Converse! These are mine – you can go design yours on http://www.converse.co.uk/  

Help! Teacher Vacancy

Help! Teacher Vacancy

Looking for a Mathematics Teaching Post? Advertised to fill a Mathematics vacancy recently? How difficult can it be to recruit the right people? Obviously… very, or I wouldn’t be writing this now. The normal adverts attract variable responses – last year 40 applications, this year 6. There was a flood of similar posts in the … Continue reading

Bottom Set Syndrome

Bottom Set Syndrome

What to do about professionals who complain about teaching ‘bottom sets’. They talk about having no patience left at the end of the week; that they feel the pace of lessons is too slow; that the subject content is too weak; they all but imply it is too demeaning for them. Here is the the … Continue reading

Digital Learning

Digital Learning

OK. Digital native or digital im/migrant? Bob Harrison has a nice little quiz to help you decide! See under teaching! Follow this up with Understanding Digital Kids and countless articles and blogs about Digital Learning and you have a real supercharged mix about what learning should look like in future classrooms. Let’s not even get … Continue reading

Call for Unis to Online all Course Content

Call for Unis to Online all Course Content

Daphne Koller – Free Education Online For All Many universities allow some of their course content to be accessible to all who browse the internet. Many Profs, Tutors, Educatinalists put their work online for our benefit. Now there is a more urgent call for this freedom to be extended globally to allow everyone the same … Continue reading

Extra 3 hrs to School Day

Extra 3 hrs to School Day

A Tasc report for New York schools has produced its recommendations to justify up to 3 hours extra schooling per day (on top of the current 6.5 hours) to improve maths and offer a more holistic curriculum to help children from deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds. Not all of this is from teaching, but includes community input. … Continue reading

No Hiding Here

No Hiding Here

There’s no hiding here, but look at the fantastic symmetry – beautiful and elegant design. I doubt that they will keep the bikes dry though!

Why stop at Outstanding?

Why stop at Outstanding?

Is outstanding too mundane? Why not strive to be exceptional? Why not aspire to be wonderful? Why not demand to be a maverick? Why not reflect on being unique? Why not endeavour to be incomparable? Why not be resolutely amazing? Why settle for outstanding when you can be so much more?

St George’s Day

St George’s Day

How can you not like Google Art? St Georges Day today – never mind the chap doing the rescuing, it’s the dragon that captures my imagination. Why would you want to eat fair maidens anyway – all that long hair and skinny bodies! I bet the dragon would have much preferred the horse to eat. … Continue reading

Swallows

Swallows

Two swallows on a telegraph wire… may not make a summer, But it is APRIL and it was a glorious day on Saturday. Way to go – summer’s on its way!

Congratulations

Congratulations

Brilliant News Yesterday Year 11 Mathematicians did extremely well in their March Exams – what a fantastic achievement.

Mathstastic Strikes Again

Mathstastic Strikes Again

What gets you out of bed in the morning?   A chance to make your mark on the world? To do something for your family and loved ones? Another opportunity to make money? NO!!!! It’s another day in which to do something unique and brilliant with MATHS! Go see Banksy’s other work

Commitment

Commitment

As you know – I don’t do commitment very often… however, it’s not as permanent as marriage (or as expensive is it???) Decided to sign up I love Maths As they say ‘You’re Worth It’

VLE

Some solutions to A Level past papers are posted on the VLE. If you can’t see my pages, please email me to add you to the class list.

Revision – who needs a holiday anyway?

Spent all Easter on revision resources and planning for 2 days of lessons – glad to see so many of you making the effort to come in on your holidays. 🙂 Hoping you do brilliantly in your exams. Keep pestering us for any help.

Team Teaching

Team Teaching

Moving into our new BSF building in September 2012, was exciting yet somewhat puzzling and unbelievably demanding on those of us on the ground floor. Few science labs, and just as few classrooms, coupled with open seminar spaces, breakout spaces, and probably 160 more maths lessons than when the building plans were put onto paper by … Continue reading

Passion

Passion

If your passion turns into an obsession – which is also your profession – then you no longer WORK 🙂