I’d rather die! – tonight’s #mathsjournalclub chat

Tonight (11th July 2016) at 8pm we are meeting to discuss the 6th #mathsjournalclub article which is the famous article by Brown, Brown and Bibby “I Would Rather Die’: Attitudes Of 16-Year-Olds Towards Their Future Participation In Mathematics” This article is now almost 10 years old, and despite the numbers of students studying A-Level mathematics having increased since the 2002 data […]

MEI Conference Day 1

Session 1 – An Introduction to Probability Distributions, Terry Dawson I decided to attend this session as I wouldn’t describe Statistics as one of my strengths. I use Geogebra quite a bit but I have never used the probability calculator option before. It works well on the iPad edition as you can see below, and […]

Statistics 2 Blockbusters

For use this week in the run up to the Edexcel Statistics 2 Exam I have made a blockbuster game featuring S2 questions. I’m not sure now who on TES I got the template from, so if you recognise it as yours please say so that I can credit you. The powerpoint can be downloaded […]

Sixth #mathsjournalclub Article Announced

Thank you to everyone who voted in the recent #mathsjournalclub poll. The winner with 33% of the vote was the (fairly famous) article “I Would Rather Die’: Attitudes Of 16-Year-Olds Towards Their Future Participation In Mathematics” – Margaret Brown, Peter Brown and Tamara Bibby  We will chat about this on Monday 11th July t 8pm, I really hope you can join […]

A-Level 2017

So… I’m expecting to be busy with blogging in the next week or so. I will be commenting on and giving my feelings about all the specifications and specimen papers being released for the new A-Level Maths and Further Maths qualifications tomorrow (9th June 2016). I’m currently enjoying the AQA webinar and I love what […]

Last Minute FP2 Revision

It’s my last lesson with my Year 13 Further Maths students this morning before their Edexcel FP2 exam. One of the things that I am going to do with them is an increased difficulty version of the June 2012 paper. This is a very similar idea to my increased difficulty M1 paper I posted a […]

#mathsjournalclub Poll for the Sixth Chat

As promised, here is a chance to vote on the next #mathsjournalclub article. The poll will be open until the 9th June and then we will discuss the chosen article on Monday 11th July at 8pm – this will be the last chat before the summer holiday. The choices are as follows (thanks to Rob […]

Complex Loci

Complex loci and transformations in the complex plane are probably my least favourite topics to teach in A-Level Further Maths. It feels very negative to say that, but I don’t think I am alone! I also think it is one of the hardest topics for students to get their heads around in the further maths […]

Teaching KS5 Mathematics

On Friday 20th May 2016 I was lucky enough to be asked to lead a session for the University of Nottingham maths PGCE students on teaching KS5 mathematics. It was three hours long and I really enjoyed doing the session and working with a great group of PGCE students. I have embedded the presentation below, […]

FP1 Revision Relay

Tomorrow is the last day for FP1 revision with classes. I have just made a relay activity to use tomorrow so thought i would share it here in case it is useful for anyone else. The questions are here. I am intending on running this like the UKMT Team Challenge relays with one person working […]