My name is Jonathan Robinson and in Autumn 2012 I launched Mr-mathematics.com with the aim of sharing the teaching and learning resources I use in the classroom every day.
I have been ateacher of Mathematics for over fifteen years and graded as Outstanding many times by Ofsted. In 2008 I took on the role of Head of Mathematics at a failing school in the South East. Leading my team with a dedicated focus on teaching and learning the department’s results improved from 27% A* to C in GCSE Mathematics when I took on role to 78% four years later.
In September 2013 I was awarded a Masters of Education degree from the Open University specializing in Research in Mathematics Education and Leadership and Management in Education.
Creating pace and challenge in every lesson where every student is fully engaged in understanding mathematical concepts is central to how I teach. As Head of Mathematics and as a Teacher Trainer one of my greatest joys is empowering others to teach their classes so more and more students appreciate the beauty of mathematics. This website is a way for me to continue to do this.
Central to each interactive teaching resource is the premise of Assessment for Learning as a means to encourage teacher and student interactions. In this ever changing and technological world inspiring the young mathematicians of tomorrow has never been more important. Therefore, the lessons, independent learning activities, interactive files and group work tasks are designed with pace of learning and challenge of thought in mind
In this blog I will share some practical tips for using mini-whiteboards in a mathematics lesson. I use mini-whiteboards nearly every lesson because they help the students show me the progress they are making. When I understand what the misconceptions are I am able to address them in subsequent examples as part of my feedback. […]
Demonstrating student progression during a mathematics lesson is about understanding the learning objective and breaking that down into explicit success criteria. Using Success Criteria Take, for example, a lesson on calculating the area of compound rectilinear shapes. The intended learning objective was written on the main whiteboard. Success criteria were used to break down the individual […]
Plotting and interpreting conversion graphs requires linking together several mathematical techniques. Recent U.K. examiner reports indicate there are several common misconceptions when plotting and interpreting conversion graphs. These include: drawing non-linear scales on the x or y axis, using the incorrect units when converting between imperial and metric measurements, taking inaccurate readings from either axis not […]