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Worksheets are not bad… here’s proof

Thursday, 09 April 2015 ·

Don Steward shares his excellent worksheets on his blog, Median.

Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers

Friday, 16 January 2015 ·

Cover of Adam Spencer's Big Book of NumbersThis holidays I wandered through Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers (currently sold out). For teachers, if you purchase from Adam's site, I paid a little extra to also get a Lesson Plans booklet.

MathsClass This Week 2 March 2013

Saturday, 02 March 2013 ·

Try out the Word Search on MathsStarters. There are only three versions at the moment (although the placement of the letters is different each time you play the game). If you’d like to add a game, just send me a comma-separated list of words and a title for you game. For teachers in NSW, Australia, my current aim is to make a word search for each topic in the NSW General Mathematics syllabus.

Also, I’ve added the search functionality back on this blog.


Coffee and Teaching Aids

Saturday, 15 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.

MathsKit Redesign

Monday, 14 June 2010 ·

For a while, I’ve been developing a new look for this site and working out how to better connect my maths sites.

Making a matching activity

Thursday, 12 November 2009 ·

As I mentioned, the DER roll-out hit my classroom as we were in the midst of Algebra.  Due to a tight program and exams shortly, I had to stick with a couple of topics which don’t really allow for “play” on the laptops as much as I would have liked.

A lot of the Algebra taught at the Stage 4 level is technique, and so matching activities work particularly well to practise and review skills.

Here’s a review of some of the ways I’ve found to make matching activities for use on the laptops.

Curriculum Support for DER

Monday, 20 July 2009 ·

For NSW DET teachers, the Curriculum Support web-site has been updated with resources for the DER, i.e. the laptops being rolled out to Year 9 students.

Digital Media - Capacity

Saturday, 13 June 2009 ·

With laptops rolling out shortly and projectors appearing in some classrooms, we should be thinking about collecting digital media for use as stimulus or investigation material.  So, the other day when filling up my young daughter’s bottles, I took some pictures.

Maths Links

Monday, 08 June 2009 ·

For a while I’ve been collecting and saving to a web-site maths objects to use with my classes.  By objects I mean single activities, rather than a web-site of maths activities.  I’ve been trying to take some of the many things I find and save to delicious and put a purpose to them – deciding that it’s something I could use with one of my classes.

Drawing Mathematically

Saturday, 16 May 2009 ·

Are you drawing mathematical diagrams in Microsoft Word?  You might even be achieving success doing this; once you’ve worked out how to wrangle Microsoft apps to do what you want, they can be powerful.  But, for drawing mathematical diagrams there are better options.

FX Draw by Efofex is the application for drawing static diagrams for inclusion in worksheets, assessment tasks etc.  The one down-side of this software is that there is no Mac version.  (The rest of the Efofex MathPack is worth the money as well)

T-shirt box

Saturday, 07 February 2009 ·

Keep an eye out when shopping, a great maths teaching aid could be staring you in the face.

Big Number Line

Thursday, 03 April 2008 ·

For many students, working with directed numbers (positive & negative numbers) requires the visual aid of using a number line.

Two fonts - tally and calculator

Saturday, 23 February 2008 ·

Two very handy fonts that will help make worksheets and other computer created resources look great.

Keeping organised

Wednesday, 13 February 2008 ·

I’ve found that teaching is one of those jobs where you end up making “to-do” lists.  Years ago, I was determined to do away with paper-based to-do lists chasing me around.  I started using Backpack described as an “information organiser” — Gather your ideas, to-dos, notes, photos & files online.

EAA Mathematics Resources

Tuesday, 15 May 2007 ·

Here’s a nice page of resources for Mathematics teachers, published via the EAA (Educational Assessment Australia, UNSW).


Saturday, 03 March 2007 ·

CombiNumerals is a really handy font for Mac and Windows.