Maths White Board

From Matt Woodfine comes Maths White Board (scroll down the home page to read more about the projects), a treasure trove of resources including:

  • Examples pairs
  • Mini whiteboard activities
  • Retrieval practice
  • Worksheet generator
  • Class share
  • Class interactive keypads
  • Starter activities

Choose Launch MWB to access activities by topic, from here you can obtain example pairs, mini-whiteboard activities, securing exercises and retrieval practice questions.

Choosing for example Complete the square …

Maths White Board Complete the Square – Model it
Maths White Board – Tools

Note the various tools available at the bottom of the screen so you can write on any of these boards and note that it is possible to save a screenshot of your board.

Maths White Board Complete the Square – Recall WB

It is possible to refresh the questions to create as many examples as you wish.

Looking at the home page we see there is much to explore. Choose from Teaching tools, Printables, Starters/Revision activities, Games and Cass interaction tools,

You can choose to use the question bank or create custom activities. I particularly like Last White Board under Revision Activities. Create a custom board with a question from last lesson, last week, last topic and last term.

Maths White Board – Last White Board

Also under Revision Activities, you could choose a Revision White Board, with this tool you can design your own board or select from pre-made packs; as with other resources, you can select the difficulty level.

Maths White Board – Revision Board

As well as the Maths White Board you can use a Blank White Board which enables you to write over other websites, this is very simple to use, simply type in the web address and you are ready to go. I tried this and loaded this website, you can see my annotation over last week’s post on the highly recommended Challenge Prompts.

This set of projects is a very valuable resource and one which Matt Woodfine is constantly adding to the question bank; you can check his progress; scroll down the screen on the home page to check the current state for each topic area. As you scroll down note too the commentary on the research which shaped three activities.

Challenge Prompts

Challenge Prompts from Andrew Stewart-Brown provides just what the title says, a video prompt for students trying Maths Challenge questions. Several papers are covered for the Junior (JMC 2014-2019) and Intermediate (IMC 2015-2017) Mathematical Challenges.

Students can select a paper to work on. They should work out the answer on pencil and paper then select their answer, if the answer is correct they can move to the next question. if students give an incorrect response they can watch a video prompt for that question. The video prompt reads the question and provides hints and prompts on how to solve it so students can then try the question again.

This is an excellent resource for students preparing for the Maths Challenges, but of course is also excellent for any student working on their problem solving skills.

Challenge Prompts

Remember that it is possible to access Maths Challenge questions by topic for Junior, Intermediate and Senior from Dr Frosts’s wonderful website full of outstanding resources. Very conveniently it is possible to download zip files of questions by topic, choose a resource, for example, Senior Maths Challenge questions by topic and you will see the option to download all files. You can also search the UKMT database by topic.

From UKMT you can look at full solutions for recent papers also note the investigations and solutions to individual questions for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior competitions. The UKMT Solo Competitions page provides a useful index to resources. Solutions are also available for follow on rounds.

The investigations take a question further.

Have a look for example at the solutions and investigation for the 2020 paper.

UKMT on Diagnostic Questions

On the outstanding Diagnostic Questions site, you can choose Maths Challenge questions by topic for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Challenges by choosing the Themed Quizzes option. These quizzes consist of sets of four or five questions grouped by topic. (Log in to Diagnostic Questions to use the link.)

For further challenging problems see the post, Polya – Problem Solving which includes many recommendations.

Revision Time 2021

That quote from Robert Collier seems so appropriate when it comes to revision. A day in and day out approach, frequently reviewing earlier work even for short sessions is so valuable in helping to makes things stick for our students.

The complete series of revision pages has been updated, many new resources are included and all links checked.

The pages in the series:

Several updates have been made to both the GCSE and A Level resources.

GCSE Revision
A Level Revision

Engaging Explanations also Exploration and Investigation with Technology

It has been a wonderfully mathematical week!

We have recently had two excellent Mathematics Conferences, one from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the other from the Mathematical Association.

I enjoyed so many excellent sessions and presented a session at each conference myself, one for the ATM Conference considering how elements of the Great teaching toolkit: Evidence Review can be applied in Mathematics teaching and the other for the MA on exploration and investigation with technology.

I have created a page for each of these, each page includes all the resources I included in these sessions. I will add further explanations to these pages. I hope they will be a useful resource for maths teachers generally.

Thank you to the people who attended my sessions and a massive thank you to both the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and to the Mathematical Association.

Great teaching toolkit: Evidence review

Andy Lutwyche – Clumsy Clive

Exploration and Investigation with Technology

Examinations 2021

An annual job is to create a page for examinations which is usually on results statistics, grade boundaries and so on. Clearly, everything changed for examinations in 2020 and yet again for 2021.

I thought it would be useful to add a page to the series for Examinations 2021.

This page includes links to updates, results statistics archives including November 2020 as well as links to the various examination boards and the support from each.

Note the very useful Exams Office updates, a good read for anxious students from Professor Kevin Woods and psychologists at Manchester University and several posts recently published as well as their results analysis series from fft education datalab.

fft education datalab – Natasha Plaister