26 April 2019

5 Maths Gems #109

Welcome to my 109th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

1. Task
Simon Gregg‏ (@Simon_Gregg) tweeted about the Nrich task 'Shape Times Shape'. The coloured shapes stand for eleven of the numbers from 0 to 12. Each shape is a different number - pupils have to work out which is which. Read Simon's thread to hear the reasoning of the children he teaches.
Hannah (@missradders) said that this is a great activity for the first time you meet a Year 7 class. As a result I have added it to my post Year 7 Maths Activities which lists ideas for first lessons in September.

2. New Website
Thank you to @goteachmaths for sharing their new website goteachmaths.co.uk.
This site has free resources for over 500 topics as well as clone questions from previous GCSE exams.
There's lots to explore here.

3. Enrichment
Thanks to Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (@aoibhinn_ni_s) for sharing the latest edition of 'Maths Sparks' - and thanks to Geoff Wake for tweeting about it. This resources book is published by the University of Dublin.
This edition contains activities with origami, logic programming, cryptography and other topics that you can do in class or in after-school clubs.

4. A Level
A few new A level resources have been shared recently:

5. Closing the Word Gap
Thanks to @MrsHsNumeracy and the team at Teachit and OUP for this set of resources and ideas to help maths teachers close the word gap. There are loads of great suggestions for student activities here.
I'm back at school for the summer term. Given my job is all about Year 11, I have a feeling it will be a busy month.

I recorded two podcasts and wrote two blog posts over Easter:

I also passed my five millionth blog visit! And tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of resourceaholic.com.

I'll be attending a number of conferences in the summer term:
I hope to see you at these events! Also save the date for next year's MA Easter conference. It's going to be at an amazing venue in Bedfordshire. It's only two nights which will hopefully make it more affordable and accessible to many teachers. If you've never been to a residential conference before then perhaps give this one a try - it's a very different experience to a one day event.
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Often things come up on Twitter that I've blogged about in previous gems posts. Recently I talked on Craig's podcast about using Equation Editor shortcuts, and after that there was a flurry of posts about it, particularly from primary teachers on Twitter and Facebook. As a result of the renewed interest, Dan Rodriguez-Clark‏ (@InteractMaths) created a Guide to using Equation Editor in Word and Powerpoint which includes things I hadn't seen before. Thank you Dan!

And in case you took Easter off social media, here are some other recent shares that you might have missed:

Thank you to Jamie Frost for hosting drinks at his house and dinner at his local pub - it's always a pleasure to hang out with maths teachers.

Finally, I'll leave you with this awesome  interactive history of maths timeline on the wonderful site mathigon.org. This is the best maths timeline I've seen. Thank you to @MEIMaths for sharing this.

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