The Virtual Whiteboard for online learning Part 1 – Google’s Jamboard

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”― Albert Einstein Perhaps you are a bit surprised at both the hour, the day and the month that I am writing this post – two posts in one month? What! However, I shall save you the task of guessing. I have been asked for my advice onContinue reading “The Virtual Whiteboard for online learning Part 1 – Google’s Jamboard”

Possible Solutions for Secondary School exams during COVID-19

“By Failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin. Amidst the growing concerns and unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic, is the uncertainty of how to assess students at the end of their high school journey in year 11 or year 13. Indeed, this pandemic has certainly stretched us and forced us toContinue reading “Possible Solutions for Secondary School exams during COVID-19”

A Special Christmas Maths Treat

“It is the duty of all teachers, and of teachers of mathematics in particular, to expose their students to problems much more than to facts.” Paul Halmos With the end of term fast approaching and Christmas spirit in high gear, my kids have now started to ask ‘miss, when are we going to have aContinue reading “A Special Christmas Maths Treat”

COVID has placed me in a box!

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” —Tuli Kupferberg Like so many things that have been postponed, cancelled or spoiled by COVID, teaching has had its challenges with this pandemic. For many of us teachers, we are now forced to teach literally from the front of the room or our desk -whether you sit orContinue reading “COVID has placed me in a box!”

Teaching Low-Ability Students

“Maths is fun when you are learning!” Fatima (one of my bottom-set students) If you are anything like me, you would never raise your hand excitedly to teach a group of bottom set students / low-ability students! In fact, if it was a matter of choice in a department meeting, this would be your cueContinue reading “Teaching Low-Ability Students”

Preparing For the New School Year Post COVID-19

“Every day the clock resets. Your wins don’t matter. Your failures don’t matter. Don’t stress on what was, fight for what could be.“ -Sean Higgins What will learning look like in the new school year? How will social distancing be practiced effectively? Can you teach effectively from the front of the classroom? Will I beContinue reading “Preparing For the New School Year Post COVID-19”

Promoting Better Understanding of Ratio and Proportion

‘By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.’ –Confucius Since the 1970s, which is as far back as my research took me, maths educators have all been asking the same questions about the same issues onContinue reading “Promoting Better Understanding of Ratio and Proportion”

Should Children Learn The Basic Times Table By Memorisation?

“To attain knowledge, add things everyday. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” ― Lao Tse. I know, if you just completed your teacher qualification or if you are fairly new to the profession (less than 2 years) your answer would likely be a very strong “NO! Students should be taught the concept of multiplicationContinue reading “Should Children Learn The Basic Times Table By Memorisation?”

Interleaving in mathematics for better results

“If You Always Do What You‘ve Always Done, You‘ll Always Get What You‘ve Always Got.” ~ Henry Ford. My fellow educators, I first want to ask, how are you? Really? It is nice to be writing this month’s blog, but I must admit that, I had to change the order of my topics (shift the next few topics down)Continue reading “Interleaving in mathematics for better results”

How To Foster Critical Thinking Skills In Children

“Five percent of the people think;ten percent of the people think they think;and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”― Thomas A. Edison In a recent training I delivered, I emphasized my researched and experienced belief that critical thinking is a skill like driving (which can be very difficult to learn for some ofContinue reading “How To Foster Critical Thinking Skills In Children”