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Magic Vs - Year 5 Lesson

Thursday, 23 July 2015 ·

Screenshot of Magic Vs SMART Notebook file.Today I had the fun of 20 Year 5 students in my classroom. I used the Magic Vs problem from NRICH. NRICH have lots of good leading questions, solution discussions and videos. There was lots of great thinking and discussion.

I made a SMART Notebook file to aid the discussions, available on MathsFaculty.


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.

Problem Solving, Spider and the Fly

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 ·

How would use this in your classroom (the problem, not the video)?

MathsLinks This Week 11 May 2014

Sunday, 11 May 2014 ·

I want to start writing more regularly to highlight some of the resources on MathsLinks and MathsFaculty, and putting them in the context of my teaching.

Code Breaking

Saturday, 05 May 2012 ·

I recently received an email from the AAMT:

National Mathematics Day is Friday 18 May and looks at codes and code-breaking — to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing.

Locker Problem

Monday, 06 February 2012 ·

I recently used the “Locker Problem” in a Year 7 Maths Enrichment class (mixed ability). Here are some resources I used:

WCYDWT: Spacing Evenly

Sunday, 12 September 2010 ·

A real-life version of this problem presented itself today.

Question 20. Find the least number of cuts needed to cut a log into 5 equal pieces.

(Source: Elementary Math Mastery, Rhonda Farkota)

Wild About Math!

Friday, 02 January 2009 ·

I’m currently sorting through the many teaching blogs I subscribe to, trying to cull the list.  The thing about Maths related blogs that tends to keep them in the list is that Maths teachers generally write more practical posts.