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Pizza, it must be engaging, right?

Saturday, 29 November 2014 ·

Recently, I have been considering how to see more fruit in my classroom. As I mentioned previously, the effort factor is significant. The modern idea that students will (or should?) only engage in activities of interest to them goes against everything they will come up against in the future.

Constructing Triangles

Saturday, 29 November 2014 ·

One of the challenges I had this week when students were constructing rectangles and squares using a ruler and set square (drafting triangle) was checking the accuracy of the measurements (sides and angles). I walked around with a ruler and set square checking their drawings.

Square Design

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 ·

I found this design on a photocopied worksheet from an old textbook, but I don't know which, so cannot credit.
(If you know the source, please let me know)

Scale Cars

Sunday, 23 November 2014 ·

Matchbox cars, specifically that brand, have a scale written underneath.

I've always wanted to do something with that.

The struggle we face in education

Saturday, 22 November 2014 ·

There are students in my classes for whom no matter what you do, they will not engage. They lack motivation. The motivations I would have had at school: please my parents, work hard out of a sense of duty, do my best to move forward to the next thing, do not exist even a smidge for some students.

End of Term 9 - world’s best paper airplane

Thursday, 20 November 2014 ·

I think I just found the activity for the last period on the last day of the year.

Video of myself in lessons

Sunday, 16 November 2014 ·

Looking at the area of special quadrilaterals, I wanted the class to make the quadrilaterals starting with paper rectangles.

This particularly class, however, struggle with step-by-step instructions. A document camera would be great, but I don't have one.

So I made a set of videos, these had the benefit of being large, on the big screen and something a little different.

I need to do this better #1 of ∞: find missing side

Friday, 14 November 2014 ·

Students struggle with this: