**1. Trigonometry Questions**and

**Pythagoras Questions**

In these two posts I featured some of my favourite new GCSE questions for Pythagoras and Trigonometry. There are some awesome questions here which I really enjoyed using in my lessons.

**2. The Folder Experiment**

I was surprised by how many people had a view on using ring binders instead of exercise books with Year 11!

**3. New GCSE: Capture-Recapture**

My school doesn't use Edexcel for GCSE so I don't need to teach this topic, but I had fun finding out about it. It's a lovely bit of proportional reasoning. If you teach Edexcel GCSE, you might find this post helpful.

**4. Multiplying Negatives**

I wish my blog was 100% subject knowledge posts. I'll try to do more of them in 2017. Here I talked about various approaches to explaining why a negative times a negative is a positive.

**5. Maths School Trips**

When Legoland invited me to visit, I was conflicted. I have strict rules about not advertising on my blog. But I really wanted to go to Legoland, and the opportunity to take my family there for free (on my daughter's birthday no less!) was one I couldn't refuse. Thankfully their Mindstorms workshop was amazing, so I had no qualms about giving it a positive write-up (alongside other destinations for maths school trips). I'm fond of this post because it reminds me of my daughter's 2nd birthday.

**6. Useful GCSE Questions from Linked Pair Papers**

I was a bit grumpy about having to teach Linked Pair GCSE last year but it turned out to be a useful experience. Linked Pair GCSE questions were often excellent and I featured some of my favourites in this post.

**7. Gem Awards 2016**

Two and a half years ago I joined Twitter whilst on maternity leave. I was overwhelmed by the quantity of teaching ideas and resources so I started writing a weekly gems post to keep track of it all. When I returned to work I couldn't maintain the frequency of the posts, but I still write one or two gems posts each month. I regularly refer back to them when planning lessons. In my annual Gems Awards post I featured some of my favourite gems from the previous year.

**8. A Level Reforms: First Thoughts**

I wish there were more maths teachers blogging about A level. With the new specifications launching in September, it's going to be important to collaborate with other A level maths teachers during 2017. I hope to play a part in facilitating discussions and sharing resources and ideas.

**9. Handwriting**

One of the best things about writing this post was the tweet from the air traffic controller...

**10. ♫ You say zero, I say nought ♫**
Perhaps no one else is interested in whether people say zero or nought, but I thought it was fascinating!

**11. Worries**

The shortage of maths teachers is causing problems in so many schools. It continues to have a detrimental effect on children all over the country. I wrote this post when I was feeling particularly anxious about the whole situation, and found that many of my readers shared my concerns. Later in the year I wrote 'GCSE reform - will it work?' in which I shared more concerns about the big issues in maths education. Nothing has changed since then - my concerns still stand.

**12. The Joy of Planning**

Naveen wrote a TES article about how great it is not to plan her own lessons because it gives her time to develop her subject knowledge. I certainly understand Naveen's point - we could all do with more time for subject knowledge development. When the article was published, some prominent bloggers jumped on the idea of

*scripted*lessons. On Twitter, the idea quickly developed into one where

*all*lessons are standardised. I watched with sadness as tweeters enthusiastically discussed taking away my favourite part of the job. I tweeted my concern - that teachers wouldn't

*enjoy*delivering scripted lessons - and I was accused of selfishly putting my own happiness before children's learning. This may well be true, but it upset me. Rather than argue, I decided to publish a positive post, 'The Joy of Planning', about how much pleasure I get out of the process of planning and delivering lessons. I received lots of lovely comments on Twitter from teachers who also really enjoy planning lessons. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

So that's it - my favourite blog posts of 2016. I thoroughly enjoyed writing these posts and hope that I can continue to share my experiences and ideas in 2017.

I teach 6-8th grade math and just discovered this website. It is absolutely phenomenal! So many wonderful resources! This will definitely be a go-to when planning my lessons. Thank you!

ReplyDeleteThank you! Much appreciated.

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