Good bye for now and good luck!

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” Douglas Adams Dear readers and teachers, WAIT! Hold on, you may be wondering why all this formality is in the first line of my post? Well, to be honest, I am wondering theContinue reading “Good bye for now and good luck!”

Am I Naïve?

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Helen Keller Recently I had a very passionate (very respectful and professional) debate with some of my colleagues about whether or not the very lowest ability groups of students could ever pass the GCSE maths exams.Each of us broughtContinue reading “Am I Naïve?”

Numeracy in Schools

Mathematics is the music of reason. -James Joseph Sylvester My involvement in various maths hubs in the U.K allows me to interact with maths teachers from different schools (primary and secondary). From these interactions, we share best practices on the teaching of mathematics. One of the questions I get asked by numeracy coordinators from otherContinue reading “Numeracy in Schools”

Using Peer Teaching to maximise Progress

“Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.”– Robert Staubach A few years ago I did an interview, now, I am not a fan of interviews especially when I am in the same room with the other contenders who seem to have a bigger advantage and I justContinue reading “Using Peer Teaching to maximise Progress”

Effective Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning: Virtual Whiteboard -Part 2

“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti It has been about five weeks since I have been teachingContinue reading “Effective Strategies for Remote Teaching & Learning: Virtual Whiteboard -Part 2”

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”