16 April 2016

5 Maths Gems #55

This is my 55th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. If you're not a tweeter, or if you're wondering whether you've missed anything, here's a summary of some of the latest resources for teaching maths.

1. Daily Problems
White Rose Maths Hub (@WRMathsHub) will be publishing daily GCSE problems on Twitter in the run up to this year's exams. The files are available through TES.
White Rose Maths Hub has also made a fantastic collection of Reasoning and Problem Solving Questions designed for Key Stage 1 and 2.
2. GCSE Revision Cards
Thanks to Maria Howard ‏(@MrsHsNumeracy) for creating this nice set of GCSE revision cards so students can quiz each other.
3. Problem Solving PowerPoint
Thanks to Emma Bell (@EJmaths) for her work on AQA's Problem Solving PowerPoint. She has organised the questions by topic and tier so now it's much easier to find problems that are relevant to the topic you're teaching. She has also added the answers to make this a really user-friendly document.
4. Quibans 
If you teach Core Maths then you might be interested in these Quibans tasks from Mark Dawes (@mdawesmdawes). Quibans are 'questions inspired by a news story'. Mark's posts include suggestions of the sort of questions you could explore.
5. New Websites
I've seen a couple of new (free!) maths websites this week.

Darren Carter (@MrCarterMaths) has launched MrCarterMaths.com. This website displays sets of questions by topic. It is well formatted and easy to use.
Thanks to ‏@SaintAidansMath for making me aware of pentaed.com which is a revision website for students working towards a C. Again, I really like the uncluttered, user-friendly format of this website. Each page displays five GCSE questions - click on each question to reveal the answer. Follow @pentaeducation for updates.
I've had a busy first week of the summer term what with mock exam marking, reports, a Parents Evening and lesson observations. It seems like ages since the Easter holidays!

Did you catch my recent post about A level revision resources?

If you're looking for ideas for GCSE revision lessons then my post Higher GCSE Revision will help, as will Craig Barton's 2016 TES Maths GCSE Revision Collection.

Finally, I'll leave you with two puzzles that you might enjoy. The first was Alex Bellos' (@alexbellos#MondayPuzzle in The Guardian. Can you fill in this grid with the numbers 1 to 16?
The second puzzle is a Yohaku. The example below might work well as a lesson starter. Here you have to fill in the cells to get the products in each row and column and the sum of the four cells must be 31. Check the Twitter account @YohakuPuzzle for more challenging puzzles.

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