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Shanghai Teaching Part 1

2015-11-22T14:22:27+00:00November 22nd, 2015|Blog|

Before I go on, let me tell you about Friday evening. I met an old colleague (we went “out, out” to watch Alan Davies BTW) and I told her about my day and mentioned how in my naivety as a newbie teacher I used to say that I was never [...]

Celebrate the Teaching of Maths Day

2016-06-21T19:44:50+01:00June 21st, 2016|Blog, Teaching|

Both 28 and 6 are 'perfect' numbers so the 28th June is a 'perfect' day to celebrate the teaching of mathematics! Steve Lomax (from the GLOW Maths hub /Kangaroo Maths) sent me the following, the "S-word" reference did make me chuckle and I think it is a great idea. During [...]

Seager goes to London!

2016-05-05T21:46:44+01:00May 5th, 2016|DFE|

Occasionally I let Seager write a blog post ... ok I'll be honest I think I've let him write one post in the last 4 years and this is why I'm happy to let him double his blog post count this evening with the below contribution. I don't want to [...]

A little OCD about “facts”

2016-03-28T01:03:45+01:00March 28th, 2016|Blog|

I go to extreme lengths of making sure that when I’m not talking about MY opinion (even then I make it clear that it is mine and mine alone!) anything I do write about is factual. I’m not in the public eye and I dread to think how obsessive I [...]

More maths teachers …

2015-09-27T12:12:23+01:00September 27th, 2015|Blog|

... than you can shake a stick at! So another #mathsconf5 has been and gone and my twitter line is full of people buzzing from the weekend. As I brushed my teeth on Friday afternoon before leaving to catch my train I had a vision of a Star Trek convention [...]

“This is not Chinese School!”

2015-09-21T23:38:35+01:00September 21st, 2015|Blog|

Busy, busy, busy ... waiting, waiting, waiting ... so much I want to blog about but so little time! If you haven’t noticed, this month saw a visit by a load of UK Maths teachers to Shanghai as part of the “UK-Shanghai Maths Exchange” (does what it says on the [...]

I’ve had an epiphany

2015-08-31T23:29:13+01:00August 31st, 2015|Blog|

I’ve had an epiphany. It was painless. After the last episode of Chinese Teachers and it was very predictable (bear with me I promise I will get to the “epiphany”) … the crux of the programme is that the Chinese teaching style won. The most worrying comment within the whole [...]

#ChineseSchool .. oh dear ..

2015-08-05T00:40:08+01:00August 5th, 2015|Blog|

Read the following with a massive pinch of salt! (and also forgive any typos .. I will correct in the morning! I still have a floor to mop this evening!!) If you needed a reason (as if we need more of them!) as to why PISA and the other international [...]

End of June “EVE”

2015-06-29T12:31:37+01:00June 29th, 2015|Blog|

It’s the eve before the 30th June 2015 … let’s call it forevermore "SAMs Eve". If I’m honest I’m worrying that I’m going to get visits from (ok so it's a poor frame of reference but you gotta give me points for trying!!):   The ghost of “GCSE’s past” who’ll [...]

Tell me it was a dream

2015-06-16T01:26:42+01:00June 16th, 2015|Blog, Edexcel|

I’m writing this late! I’m hoping I’ll wake up in the morning and it’s all been a dream. Please tell me I dreamt Nicky Morgan is about to say that a “5” is the new pass? Tell me this -> SCHOOLSWEEK ARTICLE comes up with a page error .... I'm not [...]