Making times tables more engaging

Times tables are a key foundational skill in most areas of mathematics. In several of the schools I’ve worked in, year sevens were tasked to be beginning every lesson with tables practice. One of the better ways to encourage this practice involves using the rather brilliant Times Tables Rock Stars, which uses music and carefulContinue reading “Making times tables more engaging”

Engagement from the first minute – creative maths starters from integratemaths.org

I’ve worked in some very tricky comprehensive schools. With most classes, I find that at least one of the students in my class will have either a lack of motivation and/or a lack of understanding of key terms and topics. My work as a fundraiser taught me the importance of grabbing attention early, and makingContinue reading “Engagement from the first minute – creative maths starters from integratemaths.org”

Strategies for traditional maths teaching at home: Deadly Division with Joshua Russell

I have been helping the Ed 2 Brtus community provide support to parents who are concerned about returning their children to school. I have created this broadcast to talk about some of the key strategies I use to ensure my students succeed. Skip to 9:55 where I finally manage to sort out the technology enoughContinue reading “Strategies for traditional maths teaching at home: Deadly Division with Joshua Russell”

Emotionality and Disordered Eating; Why helping children understand and process their emotionality is key

By Food Freedom Coach Chloe Jane Prince The hardest part of my journey was when I sat across in the garden from my mum, and told her I couldn’t live anymore. I thought I had healed my eating disorder, but it was about so much more than the food. Many people believe that disordered eating,Continue reading “Emotionality and Disordered Eating; Why helping children understand and process their emotionality is key”

Creative student led maths teaching: where I start

When I start maths tutoring, I often find students and parents have negative concepts of maths, and students are (rightfully and naturally) wary of tutors. The best way to start is always by building rapport and demonstrating value. Give them a reason to listen to you. I’ll say hello, introduce myself, ask a student whatContinue reading “Creative student led maths teaching: where I start”

What is the risk of home education?

I’m involved in a project that provides support to parents worried about their childrens’ safety and education. Today, I’m seeing a number of posts from parents wondering if they have what it takes to home educate. It is a daunting prospect and compassionate parents are the most likely to overburden themselves with guilt and anxiety,Continue reading “What is the risk of home education?”

Confident maths lessons at home: a guide for parents with Lucy Rycroft-Smith, hosted by founder Russell Wellbeing

Maths is a subject that can often cause parents and children alike to recoil in fear. I would love to say that this is an undeserved reputation, but given the trauma many experience during their school maths lessons, that just isn’t true. But maths isn’t intrinsically distressing, and being in charge of your child’s mathsContinue reading “Confident maths lessons at home: a guide for parents with Lucy Rycroft-Smith, hosted by founder Russell Wellbeing”

The vital importance of vocabulary in maths

Editors note: Article originally written for the wonderful people over at LessonWriterBlog.org For some students, learning maths can feel like assembling a particularly tricky piece of IKEA furniture.  Now this might not seem that challenging to you: for teachers and experts, the pieces are all there and the instructions are in English and you knowContinue reading “The vital importance of vocabulary in maths”

Using Before, During, and After Reading Questions – by Madeleine Hogan of LessonWriter.com

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented change in the schooling system. Many teachers will be teaching remotely this fall, and some parents have and will be their children’s teachers. With the lack of in-school instruction, it’s important to educate new homeschooling parents on the best techniques to keep students learning and growing. Fortunately, we can keepContinue reading “Using Before, During, and After Reading Questions – by Madeleine Hogan of LessonWriter.com”

What parents need to know about modern video games

There’s a question that most parents will face, that can be tricky to answer: “What’s the harm in playing video games?” Especially if you have a smart child, who can provide arguments on developing teamwork, social skills or lateral thinking, it be very difficult to come up with a great answer to! But parents areContinue reading “What parents need to know about modern video games”