Blogs about Continuing Professional Development

Literacy in Mathematics – Creating Problem Solvers

Last year my school had a OFSTED trial inspection. Whilst the maths team recieved favourable feedback the inspectors noted a need for a focus on whole school literacy. Because of this I was asked to demonstrate how we develop student’s literacy in mathematics. Literacy in Mathematics By developing student’s literacy in mathematics we aim to…

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…

Practical Tips for Using Mini-Whiteboards in a Mathematics Lesson

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. …

Showing Progress during a Mathematics Lesson

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…

Schemes of Work for Maths Teachers and Schools

Schemes of Work for Maths Teachers As a Head of Maths I understand the importance of a detailed, flexible and simple scheme of work.  I designed the Key Stage 3 and GCSE schemes of work for maths teachers available at mr-mathematics.com to be just that.  They are fully aligned with the current  specifications and are…

Planning ahead in the summer term with your maths department

As we prepare to say goodbye to our exam classes I thought it would be helpful to share some ideas about planning ahead in the summer term with your maths department. Tidy your classrooms and staffroom With all the revision work that has been going on over the past few months you probably have loads of…

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Behaviour Management in a Mathematics Lesson

How to promote great behaviour in your classroom.

Writing a Single Column Vector

Visual and algebraic methods for writing a single column vector.

Grade 4 Calculator Problems

Eight calculator based maths problems for students aiming at or trying to consolidate a grade 4.