Category Archives: Teaching Tips

Revision is temporary …

… results are permanent. Bill Shankly famously once said: Form is temporary, class is permanent I (rather less famously) have butchered his words to come up with the motivational message above to maybe spur one or two on with their revision as the summer exams loom ever closer. Feel free to do with it what […]

Also posted in Exam tips | Tagged , | 1 Response

Another great idea I’ve pinched

If I’m honest, I don’t think that I’ve had an original idea in my life, and why change the habits of a lifetime now when I can nick the brilliant ideas of those I work with. The latest idea I’m stealing is “cheat sheets” for tests. My Year 11’s were due a test so for […]

Also posted in Exam tips | Tagged , | 2 Responses

Boxing Day, Football Fixtures and Chinese Postmen

Boxing Day. Possibly the only day I don’t envy the lifestyle of a Premier League footballer. Yes, they may earn millions, yes, they only “work” a few hours a day, but  Boxing Day is a day for rest and recovery, not for running around after a ball for ninety minutes. So I settled down on […]

Posted in Teaching Tips | Tagged , | Leave a comment

All you need is …

Here’s a challenge for you: Fire up your favourite graph plotter (mine is Desmos) and see if you can reduce LOVE to four equations. You’ll need to think about the domain and range, and a knowledge of the modulus function helps, making this a good exercise for A-Level students. *** Spoiler Alert *** You can […]

Also posted in Algebra | Tagged | Leave a comment


When I were a lad things were different. When I were a lad, an eye pad was a patch taped onto the glasses of the kid who suffered from “lazy eye”; a wii was, well, a wee and an ex-box was all that remained of your cereal packet after your sugar coated breakfast treat. When […]

Also posted in Games | 3 Responses