15 May 2022

5 Maths Gems #158

Welcome to my 158th gems post. This is where I share some of the latest news, ideas and resources for maths teachers. 

1. Revision Resources
Back in 2018 I created three sets of 'breakfast revision' resources for both Foundation and Higher GCSE (note: they don't have to be used at breakfast!). Jess Prior (@FortyNineCubed) has edited these for the Edexcel Advanced Information 2022. Thanks Jess!

Check out the Twitter feed of @1stclassmaths for excellent revision resources in a similar format for both AQA and Edexcel Foundation and Higher.

@1stclassmaths has also started to share a series of topic booklets for AQA Certificate of Further Maths. Their first one is on matrix multiplication.

Thank you also to @DrBennison for sharing an AQA A Level Maths Practice Paper 1 based on the 2022 Advanced Information.

2. ExamQ
Thanks to a comment on my GCSE revision blog post, I discovered the new website ExamQ from @ExamQbyMrWatts. This is a very well designed website where you can find exam questions that match each of the topics listed in the Advance Information. It covers GCSE, AS and A level. The website has a beautiful layout - it's user-friendly and it's free!

3. Maths Universe
@JakeGMaths has created a really smart teaching tool. mathsuniverse.com/whiteboard has lots of cool features. For example, say you're circulating round the classroom and you spot something interesting in a student's book that you want to share with the class. You can take a photo of it on your phone or tablet and it just pops up on the board instantly. No need for special software, equipment or logins. Then you can write on it, either from your phone or at the board. The user interface is lovely.

Another nice feature is instant replays. You can use this tool to model solutions on the board and replay your modelling in one click. It's so easy to use.

I also like the way you can easily display a PowerPoint that's on your PC and then use all the functionality - pens, timer, instant replay etc - over your slides.

While you're checking out mathsuniverse.com, have a look at the skills grid creator too. Again, a really clever interface - you can quickly create a series of linked starters and it automatically generates smart printable versions and worked solutions.

4. Ratio Tables
@alcmaths has gone through the entire White Rose Key Stage 3 and 4 curriculum and produced a brilliant guide to where and how ratio tables can be used.

5. Interwoven Maths
Some great new tasks have been added to @nathanday314's website interwovenmaths.com

@karenshancock wrote one on circle theorems that draws on simultaneous equations, ratio, and Pythagoras' Theorem. 

@karenshancock also wrote a series of tasks on areas of trapeziums which feature fractions, decimals, compound shapes and solving equations. 

Both tasks have been added to my resource libraries.

I've been swamped at work lately so I haven't got much to report!

If you teach Year 11, good luck over the coming weeks! Exciting times.

I'll leave you with this incredible article "An Interactive Introduction to Fourier Transforms" from @jezzamonn. I have never seen a complex concept explained so clearly. It worth reading for two reasons: 1. to see how to construct a good written explanation and 2. to learn about Fourier transforms.

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