Deliberately Disrupting Education

My father always said that my mother liked change for change-sake. He would often use the saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Change in our house often meant rearranging or buying furniture, a different car, or a bigger television. Something to make the conditions feel new and improved. I had a very privileged…

Last Minute Lesson Plans

Let me start by saying, I don’t think that my way of teaching is the best, nor do I expect that every one ought to be teaching the way that I do. I think each teacher has their own style and way of engaging with their students. I found myself creating the four or five…

Expectations and Potential: 10 Days in as a Leader

My first principal would often mention how leading her staff was like teaching a class. Now, I understand what she was saying. To lead is much different from managing. Just as teaching should be different from managing. As a teacher, I believe it is incredibly important to help students develop the need to learn something…

What I learnt about teaching Maths in 2016

I’ve been wanting to write another blog post for a while now. Throughout this year, I have been inspired by my students to get typing and start sharing my thoughts online. It’s been great, but now that they’ve finished up, I feel the need to have a look back to see what the year entailed.…

Maths Without Worksheets

Disclaimer: This post is purely about my own experience about teaching maths without worksheets. This isn’t an attempt to discredit the validity of all worksheets… just most of them. This semester, I set a challenge to myself to refrain from handing out any worksheets during lesson or for homework. I did this because I felt…

Ditching Tests for Desmos

Last Friday, we took a massive leap in what we hope is a forward direction. The Maths coordinator (@Jason_Loke) and I gave our students a summative assessment task that could potentially change the way we assess students in maths. In South Australia, we have two main types of assessment in mathematics: Folio Tasks (Mathematical Investigations) and…

Solving Quadratics Using Misconceptions

8:33am I’ve just finished a conversation with a colleague to frantically finish/start planning how the hell I was going to teach solving quadratics to my Year 10s and 11s at 8.40am. I posted this photo on Twitter the night before the lesson, probably while procrastinating from actually planning the next morning’s maths lesson: This is…