Archive for March, 2015

Teaching for understanding – adding fractions

This year I have the privilege of teaching top set year 11 – a group of very bright mathematicians. Occasionally though, they’ll come out with something that makes me cringe. This week it was their method for adding fractions. At the start of the lesson I put this on the board: and asked the students to […]

Piet Mondrian Inspired Mathematics

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) was a Dutch artist who is famous for creating very bold, grid style paintings that only use blue, red, yellow and black on a white background. I’ve used his paintings to inspire a couple of different lessons – graphs of vertical and horizontal lines and inequalities & regions on a graph. Graphs […]

Area, Perimeter and Algebra

Updated – thanks to @JulieToddMath for spotting the mistake! On Sunday evening, whilst following one link to another, I came across the Parent Guide PDF’s published on the College Preparatory Mathematics website. One of the things that caught my eye when I was looking through them was this problem: I really liked the idea of […]

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