Amanda Austin (@draustinmaths) has been updating her website draustinmaths.com over summer. She’s added a number of new resources – see her Twitter feed for the highlights.
Mathigon’s awesome interactive tool PolyPad has a load of new features including lots of cool stuff for both 3D geometry and statistics.
Big news: Polypad now supports 3D geometry! 🎉⚽️🎁 Use one of our built-in solids, or create your own net using polygon tiles. Then click “fold” and watch the magic happen… pic.twitter.com/lMeBZbvGSo
— Mathigon (@MathigonOrg) August 2, 2021
The clocks are new too:
— Mathigon (@MathigonOrg) August 16, 2021
And this awesome Sieve of of Eratosthenes? This is brilliant for teaching students about prime numbers.
The new number grids on Polypad make it really easy to find prime numbers using the Sieve of Eratosthenes. You can colour or resize them quickly, and we’ve also added similar addition and multiplication tables! https://t.co/HDEd7BNKaK pic.twitter.com/NFqKjPZSLd
— Mathigon (@MathigonOrg) August 20, 2021
3. Ofsted Maths Research Review
If you haven’t had time to read the Ofsted Maths Research Review yet, or if you’ve read it and want to share the key messages with your department, then you might find this useful: George Stone (@DrStoneMaths) has shared a summary of the main points here.
George’s PowerPoint includes reference to the criticisms of Ofsted’s review. For more on this, it’s worth reading the response of the Joint ATM and MA Primary Group here which explains some of the criticisms in detail.
Thanks to Victoria Jennifer (@vics_jennifer) for tweeting about a website I’d not heard of. On mathsdiy.com, an experienced maths teacher shares GCSE Maths and A Level Maths past paper solutions, topic booklets and resources. Questions are drawn from WJEC papers.
I also had a lovely evening at Jamie Frost’s maths teacher drinks. Jamie used to host these events three times a year but lockdown put a stop to it. It was so nice to see everyone again.
I’m looking forward to the return of conferences over the next few weeks. I find that going to a conference right at the start of a new academic year is a great way to get excited and inspired for the year ahead. First up is #mathsconfmini2 next Friday night. I’ll be speaking about probability, and also more generally about reducing cognitive load.
Then on 4th September it’s the national researchED conference which, incredibly, is an actual in-person event in London. I’m really looking forward to the pre-conference night out! I’m delivering a session at the conference called ‘Skimming the surface of the maths curriculum’. Here’s the blurb:
In this session we will look at the maths curriculum,
considering both the content and the way it is delivered. We’ll analyse
research findings and discuss whether the practice of ‘skimming the surface’ of
maths is widespread in schools. Are students accelerated onto new topics too
quickly? Is adequate time provided to teach topics properly? Do teachers know
how to teach topics in depth? And how can we do things differently?
If you’re coming to the conference, do come along to my session – I have some interesting insights to share from the Key Stage 3 survey I did recently. Unlike all my other workshops over the last eighteen months, this one won’t be recorded!
If you’re preparing to return to school in a couple of weeks, here are two pages you might find helpful: