19 November 2017

5 Maths Gems #80

Welcome to my 80th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. Times Tables Tool
La Salle Education have made a free version of their Times Tables app available to everyone. It includes multiple representation of multiplication and division facts. I look forward to using this with my daughter when she starts learning about multiplication.
2. Twinkl Taster Pack
I blogged about Twinkl's new secondary maths resources back in Gems 65. They've now shared a free taster pack which includes a set of revision mats suitable for Foundation GCSE students.
3. Quadratics Resources
Thanks to @TeacherBowTie for sharing some lovely quadratics resources including an A3 quadratics consolidation activity which would work well for revision and a problem solving activity for practising factorising.

I've added both resources to my algebra resource library.
4. Times Table Facts
This times tables resource from Anthony Clohesy is well worth a look - it shows the only 28 times table facts students need to learn, arranged in order from important (at the bottom) to difficult (at the top). While you're there, check out the rest of his website thechalkface.net.
5. Universcale
Thanks to my lovely colleague Jane Zimmermann for telling me about Nikon's 'Universcale' tool. This is great for exploring magnitude and measure. It reminds me of the popular 'The Scale of the Universe' that I shared in Gems 12, way back in 2014.

In case you missed it, my post 'The Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Maths Teachers This Year' was published by TeachWire. While you're thinking about your wish list, have a look at Craig Barton's new book 'How I Wish I'd Taught Maths' which is now available to pre-order. I've been very lucky to have a sneak preview of this book - it's fantastic. Look out for my blog post about it soon.

Did you catch my post about MathsJam? If you're a maths enthusiast then do try and get involved in your local MathsJam or come along to the annual gathering next year.

In September I took part in a researchED debate called 'When the maths hits the fan: what do the GCSE results really mean?'. The recording of that session has now been published online - if you have a spare 40 minutes, do have a listen.

If you intend to come to BCME (the hugely exciting maths conference taking place at Easter that I wrote about here) please remember that you only have a couple of weeks left to apply for a bursary. I've applied!

You also only have a couple of weeks left to share your view about the proposed subject association amalgamation - please add comments here.

Mock GCSE season is now upon us - look out for my upcoming blog post about the best revision resources and tools to support students in their exam preparation.

I'll leave you with this great question from Mark Chubb‏ (@MarkChubb3). Do these two have the same area? Same perimeter? Will this always be true no matter how they are put together?

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