Category Archives: Classroom

Why I will never use lolly sticks in my classroom.

Because, well, reasons. I’m sure there are great reasons to use lolly sticks, or other randomisers – it creates a culture where everyone is expected to be attentive, or to articulate their thinking at any time or something. You may … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Classroom, Not Maths, Pedagogy | 3 Comments

Two ways I try not to suck at formative assessment

This might end up being the content of a teachmeet prez in future, so bear with me if it’s a little scattershot Formative assessment is hard. It’s probably up there with behaviour management, teaching a topic for the first time … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Pedagogy, Something to work on | Leave a comment

BREAKING NEWS: Good, fun not always synonyms.

People like bad movies. It’s true. I do as well. I love Starship Troopers, but its a terrible film. It’s cheesy, the acting is bad, the dialogue is poor in places and frankly its totally ridiculous. It’s also incredibly enjoyable … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom, Not Maths, Pedagogy | 3 Comments

By Hand

I love Desmos, I love graphing packages. I even like TI-8x graphic calculators (Even the old, old TI-82s with dodgy screen contrast). But sometimes it needs to be graphed by hand. Sharp pencils. Accurate marks. Slow, deliberate, calculation of points. … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Lessons, Pedagogy | 3 Comments

Why One Hundred Percent is Important

or ‘The tale of why my classroom is full of students doing retests’ Students join us from a variety of secondary schools into a range of different Maths programs (we are a 16-18 provider). They come with different experiences, strengths … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Trig Wheel

As requested on the twitters here is the trig wheel I shared with the folks in the PreCalc morning sessions at #TMC14. I’m going to repeat what I said there; I found this on someone’s blog. I don’t know now … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Lessons | 4 Comments

Hinge Questions at #TMC14 [Hinge Questions]

The presentation: The handout: The stuff we made: http://twittermathcamp.pbworks.com/w/page/82587826/Hinge%20Questions The sources I used: Dylan Wiliam paper on Analyzing Diagnostic Items: http://www.dylanwiliam.org/Dylan_Wiliams_website/Papers_files/DIMS%20%28NCME%202007%29.pdf Some blog posts about the topic http://srenshaw.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/what-are-hinge-questions/ http://assessmentcommunity.com.au/index.php/articles/post/when-might-hinge-questions-become-unhinged http://www.outstanding-lessons-made-simple.co.uk/hinge-point-questions/ http://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/08/17/28-hinge-questions/ http://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/08/17/do-they-understand-this-well-enough-to-move-on-introducing-hinge-questions/ I also used the book Embedded Formative Assessment: … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Classroom, Conferences, General Maths Thoughts, Hinge Questions | 2 Comments

Standardised Normal Distribution [Hinge Questions]

This post is to check understanding of normal distributions when students are required to standardise. Note that the answers given are from using the normal table to look up P(Z < z), not a calculator method. a) The student mixed … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Hinge Questions, Lessons, Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Resolving using F = ma [Hinge Questions]

This question is for checking students understanding of resolving forces using Newton’s Second Law F = ma Breakdown: a) Student has misunderstood how to use the parity of the force components. b) Correct solution c) Student has used the incorrect … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Hinge Questions, Lessons, Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Force Diagrams [Hinge Questions]

This question comes fresh from teaching Mechanics 1; for assessing whether students can draw force diagrams involving motion. a) Student has selected the diagram where R is not perpendicular to the surface on which the object sits. b) Student has … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom, General Maths Thoughts, Hinge Questions, Lessons, Pedagogy | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments