Aaargh! Half year review and a formal observation both in one hit yesterday! I've been pretty stressed thinking about it, having people come in a judge you has been pretty detrimental to my sleep quality ha!
My mentor Mel @Just_Maths has just about kept me calm though and helped me through the past week! I've been very fortunate to take on such a lovely group for the past 5 weeks. I think it was quite a shock when the observer came in to see 31 year 7's all sitting in near silence working on one of the Just Maths Bread and Butter worksheets! Fab! Mumford and Sons on full wack on the sound system :-)
So yeah! Observation went great, Mel Rocks, and I am infact still alive! Just thought I'd share some of the resources I used incase anyone else has got this coming up :-)
Here are some match cards I used, I've made them so they can't be guessed as all the amounts are very similar, extra bit of challenge there and they can starts to spot the pattern between the percentage increase and the multiplier they need to use.
You can download the match cards here
Finished off with this worksheet which seemed to go down a storm with my year 7's! Had a few of them at the end saying "Yes! I've smashed it, what did you do?" and "I mastered it! YES!" which was awesome! :-) You can also dowload the answer sheet here.
So with the new curriculum under way, and being one of the first to be trained in the new curriculum. I find myself constantly on the quest for resources which can encompass this problem solving aspect while still not detracting from the core maths skill that I am trying to teach.
I am a bit of a sucker for resources as you may have noticed so I have been trying to combine both a strategy based problem solving type game and combining it with the core mathematical skills for that topic.
This also allowed me to get students to work in pairs to answer the desired question for the groups who found it more challenging. The students absolutely loved it, I did have a starter for 5 minutes playing the original squares game to avoid half the class giving me the 'I don't have a clue how to play this' look. Definitely worth it as they were off like rockets when I gave it out.
If you would like to download the squares game - factorise (1) then follow this link. Alternatively you can visit the algebra resources page here.
Let me know how it goes, it's always nice to hear that others are finding these things useful :-)
So here it is! Game number two 'Gold Lines'. In this game players battle it out to collect the most golden nuggets by inputting straight line equations!
I have made the game so that the game board randomly generate golden nuggets. This means that it can be played over and over with different scenarios.
Managed to get ahead of myself this week and finalise these worksheets that have been lying in my 'to finish' folder for quite a while! There are 9 basic multiplication practise sheets from 3-12 and have a range of 50 questions.
Couldn't stay away from the superhero theme I'm a little bit obsessed I think! Hope you find them useful! :-)
There's about another 30+ of these sitting in that same folder so if people are finding them useful then let me know and I'll try and get them finished asap!
Here's a link to all of the files that you can find on the numeracy resources page
Haven't really had much time to do an update recently!
Just about managed to create a few homeworks this week though. After finding and using the PRET homework sheets this year on http://prethomework.weebly.com hosted by @mathsjem and @DIRT_expert I decided I should try and make a contribution!
If you haven't already been using these homework sheets then head over and have a look. There are tonnes of fantastic homework's covering almost every topic.
I've added these few to the homework page, so that you can access these ones there if you like!
Algebra smash goes live! The first instalment in my interactive game series! The game is only a 10-15 minute game for students to play either at home or as a starter activity in a lesson. The game is based on basic algebra and adding terms up a brick wall or pyramid. The game builds up in difficulty.
There will be a few updates to this game coming such as some more time pressure in later rounds and also an arcade mode! So keep you eyes peeled!
You can play algebra smash here
The game is a simple drag and drop of boxes! Just don't make The Hulk angry! :-)
So I am planning to teach transformations which I haven't had to look at for the past 6 years! Argh! Totally keeping my cool and everything (not!) And I couldn't think of an interesting way to look at the core skills needed when looking at translations and understanding how to interpret a vector.
I decided a game was necessary (because everything can be solved with a game ha!) So, I've come up with this game!
I've called it Vector Stars! Basically it's a two player game, and players have to move around the game board collecting points by inputting their vector translations and collecting the appropriate stars. Each different coloured star has a different amount of points allocated to it, and students can gain bonus points by collecting three stars of the same colour (tried to get some strategy in there, or should I say problem solving?).
Any way I hope you find it useful, I'll be using it at the end of this week :-)
Let me know if you use it and have any ideas for a sequel/extension or any tweaks once it's been tested. I may update it after it's been used at the end of the week.
Hope your enjoying the maths resources! I'm having tonnes of fun creating them :-)
You can download this maths resource here
The vector translations game can be downloaded here or you can find it via the maths resources page under shape, space and measure here
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