Sunday, 29 June 2014

Community: World Cup Sweep

Recently a colleague made a sweepstake for the World Cup

Not knowing anything about soccer (I mean) football, I certainly didn't have high hopes for too much!

The way it works is everyone puts in £5 and picks a name out of the hat. If your team comes first, second, third or fourth you get a prize. Also, if a player from your team is awarded like MVP for the World Cup (not sure what the official name is) you get a little prize too.

Fingers crossed. This is who I picked out .... Go Brazil! 

I was thinking this could be done with your advisory class if an event like this was during your academic school year. I wouldn't ask students to bring in £5, however maybe have prizes (erasers, chocolates, puzzles etc). It's possible to allocate prizes or alternatively give them the choice in teams finishing order. I prefer giving them the choice as then the student gets what they really prefer.

Advisory Folders

One thing I tried this year and was very successful was Advisory Folders

As like with any advisory/pastoral system, there are many topics to explore throughout the year. I decided to trial advisory folders to help organise and store students work, but also to help with advisory reports at the end of the year.

The picture above shows the students folder and some of the activity sheets completed in Grade 8 advisory. I printed invididal names on sticky labels and adhered them to the front. 

Some of the example above are: the 5 symbols start of year activity, Outward Bound preparation, goal setting work, Lower School Buddies human bingo sheet, and time capsule/letter to themselves (envelope).

I just place all folders snugly into another folder (picture above) and keep it on my desk or locked in a drawer.

Something I will definitely do (and develop further) next year! 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown?

I just LOVE the history of mathematics. I find it so fascinating to learn about the stories behind what we do, the theorems that we study and mathematics who discovered them.

A question that is commonly asked - and, I for one didn't know the answer to - why do we use x to represent the unknown.

Terry Moore explains why in his TedTalk taking us on a tour back to Arabic mathematics of the first few centuries CE to mathematics spread in Europe.

Enjoy :)