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Hola!

I think it was only a few years into my teaching career that it dawned on me. A realisation of which I am not proud, a moment of self-awareness that still leaves me cringing. I must have been one of those pupils that drive teachers to despair. Not all my teachers, mind. No, my maths, […]

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Genius!

Genius! In my 20+ years of teaching I’ve encountered trends, gimmicks, fads and theories, but I think I have just found the best bit of teaching advice, ever. Thank you Jonathan Whellan, that is pure genius! And for your convinence, here is a ten minute timer on YouTube (click on the cog icon/settings to change […]

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My favourite curve

So what is your favourite curve (do you even have a favourite curve? You should!) A contender would be the Normal Distribution curve, above, which encompasses so much of the natural and statistical world. Or perhaps the more humble straight line: y = mx + c gets your vote To simple? Well the quadratic curve […]

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The Aeroplane Seating Problem

As ever, the publication last week of A level results, and the imminent release of GCSE results later this week, signal the beginning of the end of the wonderful long summer holidays. I hope you’ve had a fantastic time and, possibly, enjoyed the delights of foreign travel. If you did, I doubt you flew with […]

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Epiphany on a yoga mat

It was shortly after my standing tree pose had inadvertently become a fallen tree, and I lay on my mat, a crumpled collection of arms and legs listening to the calm, soothing words of my Yogi that it happened, that I had my epiphany, my moment of clarity, when I suddenly understood. A mid-week evening […]

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