Why “How I Wish I’d Taught Maths” Is So Challenging To Read

Big names in maths such as Dan Meyer, Jo Boaler, Ed Southall, Eddie Woo and the like are inevitably thought leaders across the maths teaching landscape across the world. These people have walked a mile in our shoes, knocking at each student’s door trying to sell them something they don’t want – maths. So when…

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The Power of Open Middle Problems

Last week, I wrote this problem. I personally found it interesting that a thought that I had about it’s possible validity actually turned into something that worked quite nicely. Here's a new @openmiddle problem I just made. Let me know what you think. #MTBoS #iTeachMath pic.twitter.com/WWz0q7hNOQ — John Rowe 👨🏽‍🚀 (@MrJohnRowe) June 14, 2018 I…

The Secret Sauce of Great Lessons

A constant thought that came to mind in every session I attended at the 2018 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition was, “how am I going to be able to take everything I’ve learnt and actually use it to improve my own practice?”. The short answer, I feel, is that I’m not going to be able…

Meeting the MTBoS Family at NCTM 2018

My learning journey, I would comfortably say, really began nearly four years ago. August 4 2014, I was the lucky person from my school picked to go to a professional development session about a new way of teaching problem-based learning activities. Having nearly forgotten that I was supposed to go, I truly had no idea…

The Hurdles Of Changing The Way We Teach

I’ve been lucky enough to get opportunities to share pockets of my practice with other teachers numerous times. I often wonder how useful it actually is to those in the seats that I present in front of. A couple of weeks ago, I was in one of those seats when a fellow MTBoS friend was…

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.…