# 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…

# Egg Russian Roulette – A Cracking Probability Lesson

On Friday morning I was sitting at home having coffee before I left for school, still dissatisfied with my most recent lesson with my usually receptive Year 8 class. I had them first block that morning and felt like I really needed to reconnect them with not only the concept of dependent probability but also…

# 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.…

# 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…