The teaching community on twitter has been a daily source of inspiration for me over the years. I follow a variety of educators and # but I particularly enjoy and use ideas from the maths teachers I follow. This image is courtesy of @the_chalkface, a high school maths teacher in the UK but that doesn't put me … Continue reading Multiplication Grid Makeover

## Last Counter Game

I try to create a playful atmosphere in my maths classroom but I'm not a big fan of maths games. I find the students are too caught up in winning to notice the maths. I think that comes down more to the way I structure the lesson rather than the value of the game itself. … Continue reading Last Counter Game

## Factors & Multiples

Why is it that students always seem to get factor and multiple confused? In my search for an activity to reinforce these terms I came across a hundreds chart (as featured in the excellent TEDtalk by Dan Finkel). It is taken from the game Prime Climb made by the guys at math4love. The chart goes up … Continue reading Factors & Multiples

## Fractions Assessment

I love using proofs as quick assessments be it formative, summative or a quick check-in. These students worked together to prove the statement is false using several methods - a range of manipulative is always on hand and the students are able to use them in flexible and often ways not intended by the manufacturer. … Continue reading Fractions Assessment

## Flags Inquiry

I love this flags inquiry for digging into area and perimeter. The biggest challenge set was: Can I draw a different design with the same ratio of pink to yellow?

## 2D shape prompt

I slightly adapted this prompt for my grade 4 class by removing one of the shapes. The questions and comments generated kept us busy for a couple of weeks and by the end of the inquiry pretty much all the required benchmarks, and more, were ticked off.

## Area Prompt

This inquiry prompt lends itself to be being used in a number of different ways. The first time I used this prompt I used both images and the statement. The second time I just presented one image. The first kept the inquiry focused on area - the second left the inquiry far more open but eventually came … Continue reading Area Prompt

## Division prompt

Questions and comments: I think 42 x 14 is the same as 84 x 7 because if you split 84 you get 42 and if you split 14 you get 7. Why does it say that 42 x 14 = 84 when the answer is really 588? I think the answer to 42 x 14 … Continue reading Division prompt