7 February 2016

5 Maths Gems #48

Hello and welcome to my 48th gems post. This is where I share teaching ideas and resources I've seen on Twitter.

1. UKMT in the Classroom
A few people have asked how they can incorporate UKMT maths challenge questions in their teaching. I've seen three resources that might be helpful here:
  • Thanks to Lisa Chalmers ‏(@MsChalmersMaths) for telling me about this resource from Dan Walker on TES. He has taken problems from Junior and Intermediate Maths Challenges and organised them by topic in a PowerPoint, with solutions.
  • I've written before about the excellent website DrFrostMaths.com. The resources here are designed for high attainers and many of the worksheets draw questions from maths challenges and olympiads.
  • I mentioned in Gems 4 that Mathster has an online UKMT Maths Challenge Quiz

2. 'Grade 9' Paper
Thanks to Steve of m4ths.com for pulling together a set of questions that are aimed at the strongest mathematicians sitting the new GCSE. There's some lovely questions here.
3. Teaching Ideas
I spotted two nice teaching ideas on Twitter. The first idea is from Clare Hill (@chilledmaths). For teaching or revising calculus, she suggests the following:
Students take a piece of paper with expression written at the top. The first person integrates the expression, folds over the top and passes it to the next student, who differentiates the expression that they see. They then fold over the top and pass it to the next student who integrates the expression, and so on... At the end the paper is unfolded and, if all went well, the expression at the top should match the expression at the bottom.
The second idea - shown in the tweet below - was shared by Liz Gibbs (@Liz_Gibbs). This would work at both primary and secondary level for exploring plans, elevations and nets.

4. Fact of the Day
I was emailed by Ann Rush (@MissARush) with a GCSE revision idea that they've used at their school for several years.
Their 'Maths Fact of the Day' can be used in a number of ways in the run-up to GCSE exams:
  • Print the fact of the day give to each student
  • Laminate large versions and display in classrooms
  • Display the fact of the day in a prominent area in the maths corridor
  • Refer to the fact and previous facts in lesson starters/plenaries
  • Ask form tutors to share at form time.
My school does a 'Word of the Week' that is displayed all over the school - this might work for 'Maths Fact of the Day' too.

5. Feedback Sheets
Grant's (@AccessMaths) new idea has been really popular. If you're not on Twitter then you might have missed this. He has designed excellent 9 - 1 Feedback Sheets for a large number of topics. The collection continues to grow. Grant completes a feedback sheet for each student after they've done an assessment. They then respond to his feedback and, with access to a help sheet, complete the questions provided. Read Grant's recent blog posts for all the details.
If you check out my recently revamped blog archive you'll see that January was a busy blogging month for me. Did you catch these posts?

I also took part in a podcast with Craig Barton which you can listen to here, and I announced a Don Steward event at my school, which has now sold out (100 tickets went very quickly).

I'm looking forward to attending and/or presenting at 11 events this year, the first of which is #mathsconf6 in Peterborough on 5th March. If you haven't got a ticket yet, you can get one at mathsconf.com. Watch this space for information about the pre-conference drinks on Friday 4th.
Don Steward recently sent me all his PowerPoints on a memory stick - best present ever! - and I've been enjoying looking through them. I'll leave you with his lovely activity Circle Remainders:


  1. Hi!

    Thanks so much for all your great resources and interesting blog posts!

    I have the a lot of free timein July and would love to take part in as many CPD sessions as possible. Do you have anything that you would recommend?

    Thanks very much!


  2. Thank you! There's a few things on in July. The MEI conference in Bath is excellent (I went last year and loved it). There's also the Edexcel conference in Warwick and a few other events - plus more will be advertised closer to the time (see listings here: http://www.resourceaholic.com/p/maths-education-conferences.html). Local maths hubs are a good place to start.