From another angle

4th June 2004 at 01:00
When I needed more protractors, set squares and angle measurers in my classroom, I scanned one of each into a computer and then printed the image on to overhead projector film. (You can fit four conventionally sized protractors on to one A4 sheet.) Then I laminated and guillotined as necessary. I soon realised that the flexibility for resizing images in software packages meant I could make angle-measuring tools in an infinite variety of sizes. You can make a set of protractors which suit your own worksheets or textbooks. Pupils can read measurements more easily as you can ensure the text of the protractor falls over white space rather than text or coloured backgrounds. You can mask out one set of numbers to help make children's first experiences with angle measurement easier, or to differentiate your resources for pupils who need more help. You can create protractors to use for large-group "show me" exercises while individual pupils use smaller tools at their desks and then move to a classroom OHP in order to share their work with the rest of the class. I've made A3-sized versions to use with brightly coloured board pens when modelling techniques in front of the whole class.

Jonathan Brough

Deputy head (curriculum), Bute House Preparatory School, Hammersmith, London

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now