Thursday, 25 September 2014


Today I turned my lesson on its HEAD! Seeing potential in the lesson on Relations I was inspired by Math=Love blog on foldables and interatcives.

It started with a Free Write on Relations. An idea picked up form the Teachers College PD. A free write asks students to write any words, connections or information about the key word. They can use resources (notebook and laptop) to create their own definition or understanding.

Next was elaborating the multiple representations foldable. This lends itself to visual and kinesthetic learners in the class - plus harking back to their younger years using foldables. (which they were quite positively nostalgic about!!)

Looking at some characteristic of Relations, next stop was some notes on Independent/Dependent Variables and Domain/Range:

This was also a nice time to talk about different memory tricks that could be employed to help remember new words or concepts:
Acronym to remember related words

With an exaggerated g, it almost looks like the y axis.
Using capitals the word DOMAIN looks like it has the letter "x" in it relating to the relevant x values of a relation.

OK, its time for ACTION! Interactive foldable to practice identifying the domain and range of a variety of graphs. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


This has been a pipe dream of mine. At my first UK school they had ink stamps which you could use to stamp a math workbook and provide feedback. One if my regents was never finding out where I could get one

When I collected books and forgot said stamp, I would resort to writing it by hand. It worked - but was repetitive and unattractive. 

I miss the stamps and felt it was a nice personalised and constructive feed back to students on the workbook which sometimes get overlooked. So determined, I googled if there were ready made stamps (there could of been a niche market out there?!) or design my own. Finally I came up with the idea of printing my own labels! 

Once the template was sorted it was fairly straight forward. It's good having them on hand ready to go and not having a potentially messy ink pad around. 


So far students have had a very positive response. They like that they are getting targeted and individual feedback on their work (workbook) which is clear and structured. 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

First Day Back!

It's that time of year again!

With one full year under my belt at my current school, I felt it went so good! Each desk was set with accordion folder, planner, info sheet and pen/pencil/highlighter ready for them in the morning. 

We had quite the full schedule - which was on display the whole day. Like the date?!?! :)

Teacher materials were ready. First icebreaker of the day, Human Bingo, printed and ready to go. Along with as you can see a packet of Skittles on hand to play the Skittles game if required!