BSc Mathematics and Management Science – University of Manchester
MSc Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Education – London University Institute of Education
Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors
Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor

2009-2011 – SSAT Innovation Fellow

Experienced teacher and trainer in Mathematics and IT with a keen interest in how new technologies can deepen the learning experience for students.

My aim here is to share the many amazing free resources I find and use in my own classroom.
See also, my companion blog, Mathematics for Students

Hello Colleen – like your good self I believe there should be greater emphasis on the teaching of maths in our state educational system. I am also of the opinion that kids are not taught how to use scientific calculators effectively. As a retired university lecturer, my first year tutorials were spent on Calculator Lessons – making effective use of a Casio calculator. Trying to teach the importance of numbers to my students was not an easy task – even when they were pursuing technology degree courses. Very few of them believed me when I told them that maths is like sex and money – you can’t have too much of it.

Allen I do agree that students do not always use their calculators effectively. Something else I have noticed is that they reach for them too quickly to do the simplest calculations – and then get the wrong answer!

Your website shows how professional educators like me should push the envelope in mathematics instruction. This website is a proof of your expertise in mathematics education. Thank you for sharing it to the world

This blog is so helpful, it is evident that you must be a very good teacher, your students are very lucky!

You are very kind – thank you. Really glad it’s helpful.

Hello Colleen – like your good self I believe there should be greater emphasis on the teaching of maths in our state educational system. I am also of the opinion that kids are not taught how to use scientific calculators effectively. As a retired university lecturer, my first year tutorials were spent on Calculator Lessons – making effective use of a Casio calculator. Trying to teach the importance of numbers to my students was not an easy task – even when they were pursuing technology degree courses. Very few of them believed me when I told them that maths is like sex and money – you can’t have too much of it.

Allen I do agree that students do not always use their calculators effectively. Something else I have noticed is that they reach for them too quickly to do the simplest calculations – and then get the wrong answer!

I’ve enjoyed your blog multiple times so I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here’s the post I wrote about it: http://findthefactors.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

Your website shows how professional educators like me should push the envelope in mathematics instruction. This website is a proof of your expertise in mathematics education. Thank you for sharing it to the world

Nice website. I will place a link to your website on mine (mathsmalakiss.com).

Hassan

Thanks to Craig Barton for alerting me to this amazing blog!

Congratulations Colleen. Keep it up!

Thank you Douglas – you are most kind!

How wonderful to hear from you David.

We would have so loved WolframAlpha in those days! Still we did OK with the paper tape and other wondrous technology of the time!

Nice website. Things were not like this in the 1970’s.

Wolfram would have been very useful then.

Hope all is well with you and Dave.