Author Archives: A Maths Teacher

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This cartoon is good. Very Good. (FWIW, I definitely identify as a Pythagorean rather than a Trigonometric) It came from “The Saturday Paper”, an online Australian newspaper. Here is a link to the original cartoon, and the paper. And now we contrast it with something that is both bad and ugly. It is perhaps no […]

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VAR for the classroom

We live in strange times, very strange times. Due to the Corvid 19 pandemic, on Friday all schools shut. The writing was on the wall from the start of the week and I began to “upskill” myself rather rapidly, to enable me to continue to teach remotely. I am lucky – I teach in a […]

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A large boulder …

In this post I wrote about using unconventional units of measurement, such as using football pitches or Wales to measure area, or Double Decker Buses for height & volume, the blue whale for mass etc. But, crucially, I omitted a vital measure of volume: the small boulder. In, perhaps, the best tweet of the day, […]

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Wales replaced by football pitches

“About the area of Wales …”  Wales has often been used as an informal measurement of area, but in the Royal Statistical Society Statistic of the decade, they have forsaken Wales as an area of measurement, replacing it with (the much smaller) football pitch. The estimated accumulated deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, over the past […]

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Stats of the Year 2019

Regular readers will know that I like my stats. I like them because they, sometimes, confirm what we suspect or, because, sometimes, they tell us things we didn’t know. And I particularly like them not because they answer a question, but they typically prompt another question – why? Today is an important day. Today is […]

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