16 October 2015

Five to Follow #ff

What I love about Twitter is that there are vast numbers of talented maths teachers all over the world sharing reflections, ideas, resources and questionsI particularly like seeing photos of students' work and activities that went well. It's so interesting to see what goes on in other teachers' classrooms as it's often very different to what goes on in mine. Lately I've been getting loads of inspiration from the tweeps I've listed below. They consistently share valuable insights and creative ideas. Are you following them? You should be!
Miss Bowkett (@MissBowkett)
I featured Miss Bowkett's popular marking stickers in a recent gems post. She is very creative and has just started blogging. Here's an example of one Miss Bowkett's great ideas: she put MA revision cards into photo albums - she's put one album on each table in her GCSE class so students can reference them during lessons:

The picture below is interesting too - Miss Bowkett displays this slide when she returns marked work to students. The students listed under 'achievement unlocked' are those who produced work of a really high standard. The red box at the bottom shows things that some students need to improve.
Check out this awesome indices maze that she made by hand!

Stacy Brookes (@Stacy_Maths
Stacy's excellent website is one of the most useful sources of maths teaching resources I've seen. She shares lots of her own resources, which are fantastic (I've used a number of them this term) - check out the lovely equivalent fractions worksheet below.

I also adore her resource recommendations posts. I use them all the time. For example when I was planning a lesson on rounding and estimating, I went straight to her Rounding and Estimating blog post for a comprehensive list of resource links. These posts are incredibly helpful and save teachers a lot of time when looking for resources.

Miss Norledge (@MissNorledge)
Christine Norledge consistently contributes high quality resources and insightful analysis to the Twitter community. Her blog is excellent and always worth reading. She's also a brilliant maker of resources. Here's a couple of her recent creations:
Christine is definitely one to follow. She explains ideas very clearly and I found her posts on bar modelling and ratio tables incredibly helpful.

Kim Pitchford (@Ms_Kmp)
Kim's blog Maths Sandpit has been inspiring maths teachers since 2013. It's a treasure trove of resources and reflections. Having sat next to Kim during a couple of workshops at #mathsconf5, I can confirm that she is an incredibly creative person with lots of ideas to share. Here's a few examples...

Her post Good question, Bad question 1 takes the reader through very clear step-by-step instructions for creating a foldable on questionnaire design.
I also like her post Here's the answer - I'm going to try this fractions activity:
And here's a rough guide to the new GCSE... very helpful for communicating with parents.
There's lots more to explore on Kim's wonderful blog.

Miss Steel (@MsSteel_Maths)
I was lucky to attend Jenny Steel's lovely Paper Maths workshop at #mathsconf5.  Since then I've explored her blog further and was very pleased to find a number of Key Stage 5 resources including this simultaneous equations race and this quadratic inequalities worksheet which will also be helpful for the new GCSE.

Jenny has even more resources on TES, mostly for A level but there's also some for GCSE. I don't teach D1 but if I did then I'd use her D1 revision quiz

Jenny teaches at a sixth form college and loves using foldables - you can read about this here.
Check out the clever fractals display in Jenny's classroom!

So that's my five #ff recommendations. I hope you find them helpful.

Did you see the website I made for my exciting Christmaths Party? I hope you can come - tickets are on sale now so don't miss out!

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