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Nailed it!

Friday morning and my Year 11 troop into my classroom for the start of period 2. Spotting me watching the BBC’s election coverage on my computer they begin asking me questions about the election, who won, how does it work etc. and so I launch into a “dad lecture” about the election, giving a precis […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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