Cool Online Links
These I use and I have written a little about the page(s) and the
use of them.
This is Prof Jo Boalers new webpage collecting together a lot of
resources and ideas. There are teaching idea, tasks, a knowledge
centre and a community forum that you can join. Based in UK but is
a world wide site. Here is a short summery by Jo on Positive
Classroom Norms. The .pdf can be found on her website under
MINDSET but it is also here.
1. Everyone Can Learn Math to the Highest Levels.
Encourage students to believe in themselves. There is no such
thing as a “math” person. Everyone can reach the highest levels
they want to, with hard work.
2. Mistakes are valuable
Mistakes grow your brain! It is good to struggle and make
3. Questions are Really Important
Always ask questions, always answer questions.
Ask yourself: why does that make sense?
4. Math is about Creativity and Making Sense.
Math is a very creative subject that is, at its core,
about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others
can see, discuss
5. Math is about Connections and Communicating
Math is a connected subject, and a form of communication.
Represent math in different
forms eg words, a picture, a graph, an equation, and link them.
6. Depth is much more important than speed.
Top mathematicians, such as Laurent Schwartz, think slowly and
7. Math Class is about Learning not Performing
Math is a growth subject, it takes time to learn and it is all
Starter of the Day
Each day a different puzzle is presented. Use as a starter to a
maths lesson once or twice a week, Years 7 to 11. Under TOPICS you
can look for particular activities. I really like one on
probability where balls are pulled from a hat and the task is to
estimate the proportion of each colour. Here is the link to "Pick
from the Pot". To me this is the beginning of a Rich
Mathematical Task and I can explore the ideas of random,
estimating, sample size and eventually develop a way to estimate
the population of fish in a lake. Enjoy looking. Set a group of
students a task of finding 5 class activities.
"Google" - Just explore Google.
These people have some supper useful stuff. I use it to translate
languages, do mathematics problems, find stuff of course, do
analytics on my webspages, maps, for news and academic readings.
Just keep developing Google. Respect information and privacy as
To be completed
NLVM - http://nlvm.usu.edu/
and I will add to this as time permits.