Welcome to my 157th gems publish. This is the place I share some of the hottest news, tips and means for maths lecturers. 

1. A Degree Methods

I extremely substantially savored the A amount workshop operate by @mrsouthernmaths at the MA Convention. All through this workshop we employed A3 whiteboards to function on A amount issues. Each individual job had appealing ways to take a look at and explore. Rob has a weblog comprehensive of A amount lessons, notes and functions. A pleasant example is his coordinate geometry exercising.

And here’s an extract from one particular of his responsibilities on parabolas.

2. Would You Relatively

3. Graph Intersections

4. Components Sheet

A system sheet utilized to be provided at GCSE but was eliminated in 2017, meaning our Calendar year 11 pupils won’t have used just one before. But this 12 months we have the momentary introduction of the much criticised ‘exam aids’, so @taylorda01 has produced a valuable source ‘Assessment Aid Exams 2022’ where by learners can practise generating use of a method sheet.

5. Venn Paint

I haven’t taught Venn Diagrams in 5 yrs and up coming 7 days I occur to be training this matter to both of those 12 months 9 and 12 months 10. I’ve been searching at Venn means, and I uncovered this splendor from Transum which I have now extra to my useful resource library. Venn Paint is not new, and it turns out that heaps of academics previously use it at both of those Key Phase 4 and 5, but I know numerous of my viewers is not going to have witnessed it right before. There are a few distinct amounts in this interactive activity, and the closing amount is rather hard.
In other Venn information, I applied some of the exceptional duties from Craig Barton’s mathsvenns.com when I was training sequences to Calendar year 8 last week. They are this sort of excellent tasks for prompting abundant mathematical discussion. See my Twitter thread for much more on this.


I had a rubbish start out to the summer months phrase. My complete spouse and children had a sickness bug, and at the similar time I experienced Covid. Fortunately we’re all better now. I’ve experienced some charming deliveries in the write-up to cheer me up, together with Ben Orlin’s (substantial) new e book Math Games with Undesirable Drawings which is a outstanding and entertaining manual to maths video games.

I also received my Maths Mr Guys pin badges from Ed Southall. The Ramanujan character has us
ually been my favorite and I was incredibly delighted when I wore the pin to faculty and a university student questioned me who it was, giving me the opportunity to excitedly inform her all about Ramanujan.

Here are a several things you may possibly have skipped:

In the meantime, my weblog experienced its 8th birthday which implies it is time for a different just one of my yearly Gem Awards posts. I have been functioning on this for a couple of months and hope to publish it before long!


I experienced a amazing time at the MA Meeting more than Easter and learnt a whole lot of points that will be useful when I start off my new Head of Maths role in September. I attended masses of fantastic workshops and was specially pleased to get the opportunity to see Chris Smith’s plenary. He is a outstanding speaker – extremely entertaining. 

Shout out to the group who ended up out the night time ahead of the meeting – what a amusing night!

I’m truly seeking ahead to the two summertime expression conferences I’m attending.

The initially one particular is #mathsconf29 which is having location in Kettering (the household of mathsconf!) on Saturday 25th June. I have presently prepared my workshop – I are unable to wait to existing this 1. 

I am also delighted that my school have agreed to permit me go to the MEI Meeting which is on Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July at the University of Keele. I am speaking on the next day. I commonly pay for all my individual conference-likely but I was courageous and requested that my university give me the time off and pay back for the initial working day, and they said certainly! I bloody like the MEI Conference, and am significantly thrilled to see poet Harry Baker at the convention dinner. 

So two conferences in one week in June. This would make me delighted. I hope to see a lot of you there.