Category Archives: General Maths Thoughts

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

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Sorry, your qualification isn’t good enough anymore

So this evening I was talking to a secondary teacher friend about many things, but among those was the general uncertainty about GCSE changes, what constitutes a ‘good’ GCSE, conditions of funding in Sixth Form and the like. Then it … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Worktime

James asks ‘When do you work?’ I work when I have the motivation I guess – or more like I work when I need to and when I want to and when I have time. I don’t have a set … Continue reading

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One Important Thing

About Norm Referencing: This is spawned from this publication asking for feedback from OFQUAL about the new GCSEs; from this blog post by Daisy Christodoulou. If you grade on a normal curve according to percentiles you accept that a percentage … Continue reading

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May plans?

Anne wrote this post: Let’s do it again, folks! and I figured it’d be a kick to make me blog again if I tried to write something everyday for 30 days. It might be something coherent and thought out, or … Continue reading

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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

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