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”

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”

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”