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A resolution

Thursday, 17 April 2014 ·

I have made a resolution to write more regularly on this blog. Pretty sure everyone with a blog has said that at least once, I've probably said it... oh... wait.

Maths textbooks for sale

Sunday, 27 January 2013 ·

A short self-promotion, I am selling a number of NSW Maths Textbooks on eBay.

I’m off to big school

Saturday, 16 July 2011 ·

... well, a bigger school.

Mathematician’s Dice

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 ·

Feeling nerdy? Backing this project on KickStarter will get you a Mathematician’s Dice for just $5 (2 for $10, 4 for $20).

Rather than the boring numbers 1 to 6, these dice have the six most important numbers in mathematics on them — i, 0, 1, φ, e and π!


Coffee and Teaching Aids

Friday, 14 January 2011 ·

I wrote about my t-shirt box back in 2009. It’s a resource I still use in my classroom. When teaching surface area I have peel off sides for the box which can be placed on the board to show the net.

My classroom

Monday, 25 January 2010 ·

I really appreciate having my own classroom for many reasons, but one is the ability to place student work (the fun stuff) around the classroom.

Using the web

Monday, 11 January 2010 ·

I just posted on my personal blog about how I use the web, looking at how the various technologies (RSS) and tools (Google Reader, Delicious, Twitter) fit together.

Getting your network in order

Friday, 01 January 2010 ·

Reading blogs and networking on Twitter seem an obvious part of being a teacher. Yet when I take in to school a shiny new resource that I’ve received through one of these means, I usually get asked “where did you find this?”. The person behind the question is often thinking that I spend copious hours sitting at home in front of a computer “web surfing” or trying endless combinations of search terms in Google.

2009 Edublog Awards Nominations

Saturday, 05 December 2009 ·

Here are my nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards.

Report writing season

Thursday, 29 October 2009 ·

Report writing season… ponder kid, ponder kid, write a paragraph of positive when you’d rather be honest, edit, colleague cooperatively corrects copied carelessness, supervisor strikethroughs signify subtle substitutions, remove commas, add c,o,m,m,a,s, throw in a hyp-hen for good measure, correct, copy to system, shorten, review, save, have a life… wait for reports to be published… find report in bin.

Chocolate and Maths

Friday, 17 April 2009 ·

Cadbury Freddo

Eating chocolate could improve the brain’s ability to do maths.

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AKA, justifying the use of Freddos in the maths classroom.

What’s wrong with this protractor?

Monday, 30 March 2009 ·

It’s been a little quiet around here – mainly due to the busy time of term and sickness.

Anyway, I recently got a packet of protractors for my class. Every one of them has a problem, maybe you can spot it.

1234567890 Day

Friday, 13 February 2009 ·

We celebrated 12345678890 Day in class today…


Tuesday, 03 February 2009 ·

It’s a new school year. This post, therefore, should be full of optimism and goals. But, please indulge me in a short whine.

It’s hot, ridiculously hot.

See, maths is important

Tuesday, 27 January 2009 ·

An embarrassing, and slightly funny, example of why Mathematics is important (in this case, being able to read a calendar).

Annual Report 2008

Sunday, 25 January 2009 ·

This post is my entry to Dan Meyer’s contest My Annual Report II.

No projector for you

Friday, 23 January 2009 ·

Going into school today, I was looking forward to seeing a new digital projector and Interactive Whiteboard installed in my classroom.

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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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