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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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Powers, answer books and Mrs Krabapple moments

There is an episode of The Simpsons* when, frustrated with her teacher’s reliance on the answer book, Lisa steals all of the “Teacher’s Editions”, denying staff access to the answers and, soon, chaos, confusion and panic reigns in the staff room. Of course, we teachers can get by without the mark scheme, but,¬†for expediency of […]

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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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