Challenge Prompts

Challenge Prompts from Andrew Stewart-Brown provides just what the title says, a video prompt for students trying Maths Challenge questions. With the Junior Maths Challenge approaching in April this is an ideal time to look at this excellent resource if you have not done so. Papers covered by the resource are for Junior, 2014-2021 and Intermediate 2015-2017. The resource is accessible on tablets and mobile phones as well as computers.

With the latest interface, students can be set a paper to attempt on their own, go to the website and enter their answers. If the answer is not correct, they are presented with the video. Students can listen to the question being read, watch the prompt at which point many will be able to solve the problem.

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

Challenge Prompts
JMC 2021 question 2
prompt video JMC 2021 question 2

The BSRLM published an article on the development of challenge prompts based on a presentation given at their online conference in Summer 2021, see paper 20 here.

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

Data Science Course

As you can see from Tom Button, MEI’s Introduction to Data Science Short Course is now freely available from MEI.

The course uses the large data sets for all the examination boards, note too this very useful page from MEI on the large data sets. Not only are there links to all the large data sets but resources using Desmos, Excel and GeoGebra.

Check this playlist on YouTube of the MEI large data set videos.

Teacher webinars are all available online; see Data Science Teacher Guidance.