So this is an idea. It’s in its infancy I admit but I’m hoping that writing this might bring some new ideas to the fray.

## What I’ve noticed

Is that people talk about lesson ideas a lot on twitter. And something I spotted from some NQTs, some PGCE students and some long time teachers was that sometimes you have no idea how to start teaching a topic – what activities to do, what questions to start with, what should you expect as responses, how long should it take to cover whatever it is you’re doing, what examples should you use to avoid common misconceptions, what should/n’t you do when explaining? I was lucky on my PGCE, in my first two years of teaching, and this year when I taught 2 new courses; there were resources everywhere in the departments and my colleagues were supportive.

But what if you’re not surrounded by that warm fuzzy blanket.

Or what if you are the only one teaching a course?

Or what if ‘here take this worksheet’ isn’t what you need?

We’re lucky that we can call on our friends across the world for ideas and tasks, but sometimes just getting the activity isn’t enough – you have questions but you don’t want to pester the writer any more; you read the blog post and want to use the activity but what about how to intro? or what works as a plenary?

Because the other thing I’ve noticed is that a LOT of teachers don’t work or plan in isolation. Mathalicious is a team that plans lessons. My sister does most of her planning as a Year 5 teamยน. My favourite experiences from my PGCE were sat with my group bouncing ideas and growing them into lessons. My best lessons often come from talking it over with others and my lessons ALWAYS improve with feedback. So why not get that before I teach it?

We can’t all be geniuses like this.

## So my idea…

Is to try to recapture that from my PGCE days and share it with people. I am not a lesson planning guru, but I do like to talk about teaching and lessons and planning. So maybe I should ask people to do that.

So…

If you have a topic you’d love to chat about either because it’s causing you grief to plan or because you have something you would like to share let’s get on google hangout and have it out.

Let’s throw a gdoc together and write a lesson plan

Let’s create resources as a group and then use them

Let’s ask questions of each other before we go into to the classroom not after

Let’s have some fun writing lessons as a team.

Maybe.

If you are interested let me know!

ยน: Or my mum. Listening to them plan lessons for 10 year olds is AWESOME

I am very interested! Thanks for getting this going!

Thanks for taking the time to comment; what topics do you think you would be interested in?

Totally interested in participating in any of these that are Algebra 1 related. (Obviously I think all math topics are awesome and I would love to participate, but I’m trying to focus on only saying yes to a manageable number of commitments, and Algebra is the content I teach…) I don’t have anything specific in mind yet that I would like to do, but will definitely let you know if I get an idea. Awesome Idea!

Hi Kathryn, I’m afraid I’m not 100% on what’s in Algebra 1 since we don’t teach Maths in that way here… Could you let me know what topics you would be covering?

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Yeah sorry about that …

In Algebra 1 (CCSS) we do linear eqns and modeling with them (and systems); distinguishing between linear, exponential, and quadratic functions; exp/root properties; linear regressions and data analysis; polynomials (focus on quad) add/subtract/multiply and factor/solve/graph/model. That’s a brief description. The basic linear equations are in grades 6-8, but go more in depth in Algebra.

Hope that is a better description.

No need to be sorry! Thanks for the detail; super helpful! I think I may need to put some sort of form together if lots of people want to get involved ๐

Yeah! Love it.

Thanks!

Collaborate, stalk. I’d settle for either. As a newbie, and the ONLY math teacher in my school, I crave professional communications. What levels would you pursue?

Hi Rebecca!

Right now I am not certain exactly what content we would do – if there are people that want to share/chat/collaborate on a level I don’t know about that’s a-ok by me! I’ll just sit in the corner and bask in the glow of planning happened. What levels were you interested in?

Rebecca-u r the only math tchr? What classes do you teach? That sounds really difficult! How many Ss in your school?

I posted something new on this, but I don’t have you on twitter to tag you! http://goo.gl/b0wrO

Nik, this sounds like a great idea and I’d be happy to participate. I teach mostly middle school topics up to Algebra 1 (focusing on linear equations).

Thanks Nathan ๐

Am I the only one here not knowing what NQTs and PGCE stand for? Really great idea, Nik, please count me in!

Sorry Fawn…

PGCE is Postgraduate Certificate in Education – it’s one way to get qualified as a teacher and the main way secondary teachers go; you get your degree then do the one year course.

NQT year is your Newly Qualified teacher year that you have to do after you get Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) It’s some extra support and assessment during your first year of teaching; you teach slightly less lessons peer week but get observed more and have to make a portfolio.

Thanks for dropping by!

I kept,thinking PGCE was Pacific Gas and Electric, but knew that couldn’t be right!

Thx

This sounds great! I would love to get involved, thanks! ๐

Thanks Joana!

I’m definitely interested in this..in particular I would really benefit from algebra and solving linear equations. Fantastic idea ๐

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I am interested @aanthonya