So, at the end of last year I was told I would be having the classroom shown below! Since then it's had a 'complete makeover'. The staff have worked their socks off over summer replacing ceiling tiles, fixing a new carpet, painting all the walls, cleaning the windows and painting the door!
The only thing that I need now is my class tables, which are yet to arrive with less than a week till the start of term! Eek!
Anyway, here is a little display of my classroom, I have tried to include thanks to all those who helped to inspire the design but a few little bits I've have saved up and lost the original source! Sorry if this is you then please let me know!
First up in the maths periodic table from @justmaths
Growth mindset display courtesy of @complexnumber and mathematicians of the world display with mathematical mr men created by the brilliant @solvemymaths
Maths mastery by @c0mplexnumber and vowel-less display by @justmaths
Also a bunting of mathematical key words made by @justmaths
Challenge wall! Idea from Mr Collins Maths and a few people on twitter sharing their own versions. I have in there 3 levels of challenges starting from the bottom and moving up. Everything there from plenary tweet, JustMaths Bread and Butter, Corbett Maths 5-a-day, nrich problems in 2 stages, FMSP problems and my own challenge cards.
Book expectations display, main central poster created by @justmaths
And finally a shot of the front! Clock idea I got from @c0mplexnumber I believe the original was by @corbettmaths
Number bunting from @justmaths and request a selfie from @mathedup
New game to go live today! Have a read below to see what you think!
The game starts with 4 options. These are:
Workshop: This mode allows players to enter any quadratic expression and use the game board to help complete the question and check their solution.
Arcade: Here players have a choice from 4 different difficulty levels of questions. Working through 3 levels of basic quadratics and a final level of some more complex quadratics with values greater than 1 for the x^2 coefficient.
Instructions: Give the player a brief step by step instruction page of how to use the game.
Website: Links back to the games page.
Below is a shot of the arcade mode page:
Player can select a question and then attempt to complete it, below I have chosen the third green question to have a go at!
You can see that behind the discs is a green glow, this will actually shine red if the player makes a mistake giving them instant feedback on their decision and prompting them to rethink.
Below is a screen shot of the workshop
Here players can enter any quadratic they like and use the board to answer their questions! The game will check the solution and tell the player wether they are right or wrong!
My friend told me that it could't work for all questions so he tried to give me a a harder question to solve... piece of cake ;) (see below)
This worksheet is for the first lesson and focuses on solving more basic equations. It starts with one step equations, moves through to two step equations and finishes on three step equations.
You can download this one here
Here it is! The latest game! Addition and Subtraction skills practice, players are faced with a two minute period to answer as many questions as possible in order to master the game, here players have to get 20, 30 or 40 questions right to score a different level of mastery.
Players are given a very simple on screen computer to input the answers into, you can use either the mouse or the keyboard for this (I find the keyboard a lot faster).
New resources that I just used with one of my classes. There are three levels of sheets that I printed off and gave students at different times throughout the lesson, what students have to do is select which statements are corrent and which are incorrect, they then have to write in the correct answer to those they think are wrong. A few of my students did glitter bubbles in green and red if they were right or wrong and they looked awesome so this would be a nice touch.
Tried to add in all the misconceptions that arose in the first lesson when using these in following lessons as little consolidation exercises. Hope you like them, you can download all the files below the pictures :-)
There are three levels:
Green - Easy
Amber - Medium
Red - Challenge
I realise a lot of people use the colours the other way round but I don't like my easier exercises to be red. Seems to make the students think it's hard so I've chosen to colour associate it for this reason.
So the last set of match cards went down well when doing box plots so I decided to put some together for pie charts. I used this as a consolidation exercise on our first lesson doing pie charts. Students have to match the pie charts to the sets of data to start, they can then start to analyse the statements to match up some percentages and descripions regarding the pie charts. You could then get any students who finish to design some of their own to add to the set :-)
You can download the pie chart match cards here
Unfortunately I can't take any credit for this one! The fantastic class of Mr Horley @mhorley have put these together for me to share with you! So here you go and thank you to Mr Horleys maths class! There were a lot of requests for these so you have saved me! I think there are some more to come in due course!
You can download the answers here
Made some new resources! Last week I made the fatal mistake of assuming prior knowledge with a class I am covering once a week. We were set to do multiplying fractions and I mistakedly assumed they would have prior knowledge of improper fractions and mixed numbers.. big mistake! Anyway, quickly remedied the situation and decided I would make sure the one lesson we have together counts so I've put together a worksheet and match cards covering mixed numbers and improper fractions.
The match cards will be used first, I have put in the visual alongside the improper fraction and finally the mixed number. Pictures below:
Final task for the lesson I've put together a worksheet using the 'Got it, Smashed it, Mastered it' theme. First section looking at the visual building on from the match card activity. Final sections then ask students to convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers. A few extension questions thrown in there also for good measure!
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