I have never been a fan of pictograms and felt they were an inferior way of displaying data. Students took too long drawing images and it seemed to me that a bar chart was a much neater way to display data. It wasn’t until I marked the November Resit exam that it suddenly dawned on me the potential that Pictograms had. Students could solve questions using proportional reasoning and there were some neat ways to solve the answers. On the question I marked, students had to find out the total frequency, given the key was 8 pictures. Some students tried to work out each row individually but others found out how Many shapes there were and multiplied by 8. I saw such a range of successful and less successful methods to solve the problem. From that question i made the following resource


I like using a hexagon when looking at bearings (without or without isometric paper) plus its a topic that we teach alongside angle reasoning so students have just looked at angles in a polygon. I spend time looking at bearings that can be calculated using angles  found on parallel lines and I also look at angles that can be measured using a protractor. The purpose of this lesson is to get students correctly using the north line and clockwise to find the correct path. Heres the ppt: BearingsScreen Shot 2019-11-06 at 21.36.17

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Algebraic Fractions

I am teaching the topic: Algebraic Fractions for the first time in years. I didn’t like how I taught it before so I spent some time rethinking how I teach it. I thought that if students understand adding and subtracting fractions then the can generalise it. So I will send some time going over adding and subtracting fractions first.Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 20.39.27

The move on to fractions involving letter notation.

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I also want students to see that the final simplified algebraic expression can be substituted and still works.

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I plan to then give the following questions:

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