Resourceaholic: 5 Maths Gems #162

Welcome to my 162nd gems write-up. This is wherever I share some of the most up-to-date information, ideas and means for maths academics.

1. Scaffolded Jobs
Thank you to @JaggersMaths for sharing a highly obtainable Pythagoras job with heaps of scaffolding.

And here’s an extract from an additional activity which is structured to make it both of those obtainable and hard. Thanks to @scott_math83 for this set of probability tree concerns.

2. Quantity Etymology Movie

@berniewestacott shared a beautiful video clip ‘Why is Eleven not named Oneteeen?‘. This is a genuinely attention-grabbing summary of some of the etymology of numbers. I appreciate this form of detail.

3. Angles
Teacher and process designer @SegarRogers shared a set of intelligent angles tasks intended to give learners a deep comprehending of complementary angles.

He tweeted his jobs below, here and here.

4. Indices

@giftedHKO shared an indices endeavor that she utilised with her Calendar year 10s past week. I am also training this matter to 12 months 10 at the minute, so this was a nicely-timed tweet for me! She had them entire a grid with all the powers of two through to 10 up to the fifth power. This supported them in finishing fractional indices thoughts with larger figures.

5. Fractions
@robertkaplinsky shared a challenge from which could possibly be ideal for Calendar year 7s executing fractions. This beautiful activity is created by @IanKerr_math.

I appreciate September – instructing new classes is so thrilling – but it’s generally manic and exhausting just isn’t it? I’ve been struggling with mixed feelings in my new job. I’m loving remaining Head of Maths again – I’ve accomplished this work right before so I sense pretty confident in the function, plus I get to shell out all my time focusing on the factor I’m most passionate about (maths!). But at the very same time it’s aggravating for me to step down from the senior leadership team soon after 3 several years of putting my heart and soul into setting up a new faculty. I know I’ll get employed to it. I should retain reminding myself of all the rewards of altering purpose – I no extended shell out two hours a day on programs and spreadsheet operate, because they have now hired a information officer to do these things. Rather, I’ve been swamped with Yr 11s inquiring for help with maths at each individual chance (we’ve not had Year 11 in this college just before, so this is a novelty for us!). So I am even now just as chaotic as I utilized to be, but I assume my abilities is getting put to greater use now. I may possibly site independently about some of the things I have currently finished in my potential of Head of Maths, and some of the issues I’ve planned, as this could aid support new Heads of Maths. Observe this room.

Yet another point I am massively making the most of this year is teaching AQA’s Certification in Further Maths GCSE. 6 decades in the past, my timetable was generally A degree. I now haven’t taught A level for so lengthy, I might forgotten how a lot I appreciate it. Certification in Further more Maths is not A stage, but I am educating stuff like Binomial Expansion and Trig Identities, which I really like. I have a course of 31 keen mathematicians who fulfill immediately after college every Wednesday. It is going to be a hurry to get by way of the written content – this 7 days we ended up executing some get the job done on actual trig values and I identified that their fluency in performing with surds is not very the place I anticipated it to be – but I assume I am heading to definitely love instructing this course.

Below are some factors from Twitter that you could possibly have missed in the last pair of months:

  • @mathsaurus shared his absolutely free online training course to assist learners prepare for the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge which take sites on 4th October 2022
  • @Ridermeister shared his issue resolving booklet containing 151 challenges aimed at 12 months 13s who want to prepare for a university job interview in Mathematics.
  • @PiXLMattTheApp shared a device to make a bespoke maths publication in thirty seconds! With this software you can create a publication that could be despatched dwelling to mom and dad or made use of as a sort time action.

In other information, I cherished carrying my new mathsy Popsy costume ‘Marva‘ at university final week. I will put on it once again on our Open Day in a couple of months. Colleagues hold asking me how many maths attire I have. Five! One for every single working day of the week.

I seem ahead to seeing you all at some of the conferences coming up in the Autumn expression. I will be accomplishing a new ‘Topics in Depth’ presentation on region at #mathsconf30 in Manchester on 15th Oct (I hope! I’ve booked a prepare to Manchester, but because of to problems with the practice operator, there are now no trains household on Saturday or Sunday. This is tense!). I am also speaking at the Pixl Maths Convention at The Oval on 12th Oct. And if you work for Harris, I’m talking about Key Stage 3 obstacle at the Harris Federation Oct Conference at the ExCeL Centre on 14th Oct. While writing this I’ve realised that I’ve unintentionally agreed to do a few conference presentations in a person week! Oops – appears powerful! Fortunately I will be on fifty percent-time period the subsequent 7 days to recuperate.

I will depart you with this surdic expression to simplify –  your GCSE pupils may enjoy this. This was shared by @mathisstillfun, a fantastic account to abide by for standard maths issues.