January 2017

From the coalface 5

January 3rd, 2017|Blog, From the Coal Face, NEW GCSE 9-1|

Occasionally I open up the blog to others to write a post or two ... (don't worry Seager isn't getting another chance ... EVER!). Some of the motives for doing this stem from being able to offer a different view on life at the coalface but also because I find [...]

December 2016

A little every day – JANUARY 2017

December 22nd, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

I did mean to get these posted last week but sometimes forget how manic the end of term is ... just starting to chill out - it's only taken 4 days! The file for the January maths calendar and also solutions for the December one can be found below: January [...]

November 2016

Presentation “watch”

November 20th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face|

I've been a little quiet on the "teaching" blog front recently because we're all so pre-occupied with the new GCSE. I am sooooo looking forward to when it is no longer "new" and we, as teachers get more of a grip on what a grade 5 etc looks and feels [...]

October 2016

A little every day – October 2016

October 1st, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

File for October maths calender and also solutions for September found below: October -> monthly-maths-october September Solutions -> monthly-maths-september-solutions  

September 2016

A little bit every day – SEPT 2016

September 1st, 2016|From the Coal Face, Resources, Teaching|

File for September and also solutions for August: Monthly Maths - September Monthly Maths -August - SOLUTIONS I'm ready to get back to work, I know everyone is different but for me the point when I haven't a clue what day of the week it is means I need to get [...]

August 2016

So … Results Day 2016

August 25th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Teaching|

I started writing this late last night but never posted it so I've come back to it this afternoon having been into school and seen the students open their results (and no I didn't cry this year!) so please forgive the way my tenses change throughout the post.  Once again, [...]

July 2016

From the coalface 4 – A level periodic table

July 19th, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

I saw a pic this week of an adaptation of the "maths" periodic table and so me, being me I asked if Claire would be happy for me to share .... yay!! She was!! ... and has even done a little intro ... so Ladies & Gents ... from Claire [...]

Speeding violation

July 11th, 2016|5 - Misc., From the Coal Face, Resources|

I thought I'd share another great idea that has come from another subject - this time courtesy of GeographyBlog (on twitter as @Geoisamazing)  So I put a shout out for ideas as to what statements could go on a maths versions. Let's just say there were lots - whilst there [...]

Nice one Julia!

July 10th, 2016|From the Coal Face, Resources, Teaching|

During my first (of two) sessions at OCRs maths conference at Queen Mary University last week, the matter of students not having enough "resilience" when learning maths came up. There were lots of nods and general agreement to the comment, at which point I shared this idea (I was "winging" [...]

June 2016

Letter to Alcester Academy

June 10th, 2016|Blog, DFE, From the Coal Face|

Over the half term I wrote a blog post about how the school we work at appearing on a "list" on the DFE website that were supposed to have received a letter of congratulations (in relation to 2015 results) from Nick Gibb but weirdly our gaffer at work had never [...]