A series of not unfortunate events. Part 1: Peaches, pairs, primes and squares

Recently I’ve come across some posts on Twitter that have led me off in unexpected directions. In short, they have served as prompts for me to ask and pursue answers to questions, processes that have given me both enjoyment and insight into some mathematical ideas and truths. I thought I would share some of them … Continue reading A series of not unfortunate events. Part 1: Peaches, pairs, primes and squares

You’re Always Realising New Things: Graphs of Quadratic Functions (Part 2)

This article is about some lessons that haven’t happened yet, inspired by a serendipitous realisation during a lesson that has. In a previous post, “No Teachers Are Really Young”, I described some other lessons on graphs of quadratic equations with the same class. That post provides some context for this one and I would recommend … Continue reading You’re Always Realising New Things: Graphs of Quadratic Functions (Part 2)

My Back Pages – part 3: two triangles make a triangle

This is the third instalment of a record of some of my thoughts and actions in response to the #beingmathematical event on November 22 2018, part of series of fortnightly tasks and discussions for maths educators hosted on Twitter by ATM. I will continue to explore the relationships between how both novice and experienced learners … Continue reading My Back Pages – part 3: two triangles make a triangle

My Back Pages – Part 2: two triangles make a square (but not necessarily one with four sides!)

In Part 1 of this article I described my thoughts and actions before and during a recent #beingmathematical session provided by @ATMMathematics on Twitter. In this, Part 2, I shall share some thoughts I had afterwards in response to contributions from other participants in the event. I continue to explore the links between how children … Continue reading My Back Pages – Part 2: two triangles make a square (but not necessarily one with four sides!)

My Back Pages – Part 1: on #beingmathematical and being young (again!).

  Once again I find myself writing about the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and their fortnightly Twitter sessions (@ATMMathematics, #beingmathematical. See my earlier blog entitled "Working with place-value: an increasing constraints activity"). A recent one came on the back of the second meeting of the Glasgow Branch of ATM, organised and hosted by Chris … Continue reading My Back Pages – Part 1: on #beingmathematical and being young (again!).