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
To introduce teaching reciprocals of numbers and terms I begin the lesson explaining that everything has an opposite. The opposite of shutting a door is to open it. The opposite of saying hello is to say goodbye. Numbers have opposites too we call them reciprocals. Teaching Reciprocals of Numbers and Terms To start the lesson […]
When I teach how to find the surface area of cylinders I like to add a constant level of challenge and enjoyment to the lesson. Rather than repetitively calculating the surface area of a cylinder I introduce more complex cylindrical shapes. How to find the Surface Area of Cylinders To find the surface area of […]
Inspiring students to enjoy maths and feel the success that comes with attempting a difficult challenge is why I teach. The feeling of success is addictive. The more students experience it the more they want it and the further out of their comfort zone they are willing to go to get more of it. Teaching […]