Category Archives: Pedagogy

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

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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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Some conversations.

*Any resemblance to a specific individual is unintentional. Any resemblance of traits of a group of people is intentional. Manager: This is the most important thing to improve teaching and learning throughout this year! Teacher: Can I have some time … Continue reading

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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

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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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The Dream Crusher

Enrolment week always seems so hard in a Sixth Form College. It should be a time of excitement, fresh faced enthusiastic new students and positivity for the year ahead. Then, as the week goes on the appointments get trickier and … 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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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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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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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

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