Author Archives: A Maths Teacher

Hell’s Angles

I stumbled across the above the other day (source) and it made me chuckle, reminding me a little of of this post about cute angels and other mathematical bloopers. The cartoon above was drawn by Dan Piraro and can be found on his Bizaro website – well worth a visit. By virtue of the fact […]

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Nick Gibb – a poor man’s George Osborne?

Back in 2014, I wrote “What a turnip” as the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, refused to answer the simple times table: “what is seven times eight?” Today it was the turn of the School’s Minister, Nick Gibb, who was on TV announcing his scheme for all eight and nine year old children […]

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Come the revolution!

Anyone walking past my classroom of late might have come to the conclusion that I was fomenting a revolution, hearing me inciting my students to Bring down the power! The Head can sleep easy in his bed – I am not encouraging the students to rise up, burn their books and storm the staff room. […]

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Large Data Sets – Activities

A year ago, I wrote this blog post, introducing Large Data Sets, a new feature to be taught on the “reformed” new AS and A level specification. Back then, it was a lot of guess work as to how best to use this new element on the syllabus, and how they will be examined in […]

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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

I could spend hours pontificating, explaining and lecturing and still not explain the difference between a Type I error and a Type II error as simply and as effectively as the image above. A picture really can be worth a thousand words. Credit where credit is due: the image can be found in The Essential […]

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