^{th}gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers.

**1. Tasks**

@giftedHKO shared a nice area task - perfect timing for me as I'm teaching area to Year 7 next week. This task features amongst a collection of fantastic area ideas here.

@ticktockmaths shared a lovely bounds lesson. I am a big fan of the format and structure of his slides as well as the content.

Richard also shared a task where students are asked to find coordinate pairs to fit into Venn diagrams. What a great introduction to simultaneous equations! Richard got the idea for this task from @mpershan's excellent book Teaching Math with Examples.

**2. Self-Explanation Prompts**

Speaking of tasks inspired by Michael's book, @karenshancock also shared an idea that came from Teaching Math with Examples: self-explanation prompts.

Karen has shared more examples of self-explanation prompts on her Twitter feed. To quote Michael's book, "The idea is to push students towards explaining ideas they might not even have realized they don’t understand. It’s also a useful chance to ask students to dig deeper and answer some “why” questions that can connect a procedure to concepts".

**3. MathsPad**

**4. A Level**

**5. Methods**

I love these creative methods that @staceymaths' students came up with to solve equations involving fractions. Clever stuff.

**Mathematics in School**

**Update**

Did you see the Gem Awards post I published in April? If not, do check it out for a huge collection of amazing resources, ideas and websites to visit.

In the Easter holidays I attended a GLT Book Club meeting to chat about a chapter from my book A Compendium of Mathematical Methods. The recording of the session is here. I was really impressed by the quality of professional development in these book club meetings.

Did you see @Mr_Rowlandson's blog post Thinking About Probability Trees? He is one of my favourite maths bloggers and his posts are always worth a read.

I'll leave you with a Don Steward task. Though it may look like a typical angles exercise, it was exactly what I needed recently when I was looking for a set of questions that only involved basic angle facts but had a good level of challenge. It reminded me of what an absolute treasure trove Don's blog is.

Inspired by your post and wanting to read a copy of Maths In School I have just signed up to the Maths Association - thank you

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