Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

I’ve loved creating content for the Mr Mathematics blog this year and am always interested to see what you all read, shared, and commented on the most. Take a browse through the best performing posts below and we’ll see you in 2017.


Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

Behaviour Management in a Mathematics Lesson

Engaging students in our lessons so their behaviour contributes to learning is often a top priority for new teachers. Try not to think of behaviour management as separate to teaching but rather a direct result of it.

Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

How to Visualise Dividing with Fractions

To help students visualise what is happening when we divide one fraction by another I do two things.  First I keep the fractions simple and second I use proportions of a circle because it is much easier for students to see one circle as a whole.

Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

Setting up your Maths Classroom

If you’re new to teaching mathematics or have recently been given a new teaching room this blog is designed to help you in setting up your maths classroom so you have more time to focus on the teaching.

Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

Geometrical Reasoning in Key Stage 3

We start the topic learning how to measure and draw acute and obtuse angles with a 180° protractor. Students have lots of practice to learn how to position the protractor correctly.  Understanding the types of angles is also key.

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Homework ideas for Mathematics Lessons

These four ideas are some homework tasks that have worked well for me in the past.  I find getting the students to rely on each other for completing homework often works best for ensuring accountability.

Best of 2016 Mr Mathematics Blog

Plan and Elevation Drawings of 3D shapes

An elevation drawing is the view that you would see in real life as you stand looking at either the front or side of the solid.  The plan is what you would see if you were looking directly down.   A set of elevation and plan drawings gives you the chance to see all of the object from the multiple viewpoints.

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Mathematics OFSTED Inspection – The Deep Dive

Earlier this week, my school took part in a trial OFSTED inspection as part of getting ready for the new inspection framework in September 2019. This involved three Lead Inspectors visiting our school over the course of two days. The first day involved a ‘deep dive’ by each of the Lead Inspectors into Mathematics, English […]

How to Solve Quadratics by Factorising

The method of how to solve quadratics by factorising is now part of the foundational knowledge students aiming for higher exam grades are expected to have.   Here is an example of such a question. Solve x2 + 7x – 18 = 0 In my experience of teaching and marking exam papers students often struggle with […]

How Write 3 Part Ratios

When learning how to write 3-part ratios students need to understand how ratios can be made equivalent. The start of the lesson reminds students by asking which of six ratios is the odd one out.  This is presented to the class as they come into the lesson.    Writing Equivalent Ratios  A few students immediately go […]