I wondered if other teachers share my preferences. I turned to Twitter to find out. Inspired by Richard Osman's Twitter competitions (including the World Cup of Crisps), I ran a

**World Cup of Maths**. I started with 32 GCSE topics. Topics were eliminated over the course of five days using Twitter polls. 864 maths teachers voted in the grand final, crowning

**quadratics**as the most popular topic to teach at GCSE. Trigonometry was a worthy runner-up.

If you're wondering how your favourite topic got on, check out the full results below.

Teachers get wonderfully enthusiastic when talking about their favourite topics. It was lovely to see so much discussion on Twitter about the joys and trials of teaching maths. I've shared some of my favourite tweets from the tournament below.

Thanks to everyone who voted, shared their opinions and made me chuckle with their tweets. At least there's one thing we all agree on - we love maths!

On loci and constructions - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On statistics - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On circle theorems - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On recurring decimals - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On simultaneous equations - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On surds - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On how excited we were - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On the upsets - Curated tweets by mathsjem

On the grand final - Curated tweets by mathsjem

that's amazing

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ReplyDeleteSo how about collating ideas and activities that might help improve things for those topics that garnered few votes?

ReplyDeleteFor example, I've had great success with this game involving box-plots/histograms: http://thewessens.net/ClassroomApps/Main/outliers.html?topic=probability&id=2

A little more work is required, but I also think it is effective to explore similarity and congruence in triangles with this activity http://thewessens.net/ClassroomApps/Main/triangles.html?topic=geometry&id=0

Ken

Excellent! These are great, thank you.

DeleteI've written about both box plots and similarity before. I like both topics!

http://www.resourceaholic.com/2014/08/boxplots.html

http://www.resourceaholic.com/2014/05/similarity.html