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