Time to talk about Learning

On Friday, I invited a first year teacher from my school to sit in on one of my Maths lessons. When I mentioned it to her, she leapt at the opportunity to see how someone else taught. I didn’t really have much of an idea about whether the lesson was going to be overly exciting,…

Engaging Boys in Maths

For the past eighteen months (three quarters of my teaching career), I have been teaching at least one “All-Boys” Maths class. Many¬†of my pondering posts have been about teaching such classes, with some explicitly referring to the context in which I teach them; Year 10 and 11 students in the same class, sometimes sharing the…

Five Resources I wish I knew about when I started Teaching Maths

Over the past few weeks, I have been working with a small group of Final-Year Pre-Service Maths teachers. As part of their Education degree at Flinders University, they have to complete classroom observations of Maths teachers against the Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) Framework. Additionally, I am lucky enough to be one of the teachers…

Appropriate Level of Challenge for…the Teacher?

  This semester, I have the most challenging class that I have ever taught and I am incredibly grateful. For just over two years, I have gone through many weeks feeling like I have “nailed the lesson”. I have walked out of the classroom having felt like my students were engaged, seeing them solve real…

Watching TV and planning lessons?

Whether it’s picking the trigger happy judge on The Voice or the next raw egg in Jimmy Fallon’s Egg Roulette, television shows are rich with potential lessons for your classroom. As a Maths teacher, I use my powers of finding what the students enjoy and ruining it with what they hate – maths problems. I…

Sink or swim? My view of the First Year as a Teacher

Today was the penultimate day of school, coming second only to its slightly more beautiful, ultimate day of school – otherwise known as the second to last and the last days of school! Trouble is, today was also the last real opportunity that I had to complete my “application” to come off probationary employment. What…

Procrastination.Creations.s01e01

I’ve been looking for different ways I can prioritise my extensive to-do list and I can’t help but focus my attention on the things that really interest me and what I feel needs the most immediate resolution. In an attempt to build up my efficiency, I tried this whole “kill two birds with one stone”…

Chilling with “the” Dan

So no biggie, but I went to Dan Meyer’s PD today and my mind was blown. Then, it was reconstructed in a beautifully perplexed way. Sure I’ve read his blog, watched his videos, and taught his lessons, but today surpassed my already high expectations. What I got out of today’s sessions was this: Pick something…