Teachers find - and share - some of their best ideas on blogs
Is there a way of introducing algebra that will not make pupils groan? How can I make the properties of quadrilaterals seem like fun?
These were just a couple of the dilemmas I faced as an eager NQT. For answers, my only real options were to ask the more experienced members of my department, book myself on to a training course or hope that my local education authority maths adviser came up with something in time for our termly meetings.
Now, many advisers have gone, although the questions remain. Money for courses, too, is rare. But where there are problems, there are nearly always solutions, and today we have the maths blog, which provides answers and much more. A blog is a convenient way to share your thoughts, and teachers who find blogs dedicated to ideas on their subject have truly struck gold.
I spend a good hour each week reading maths blogs, and my TES Web Whizz Video 21 picks out some of my favourites. In fact, these blogs have become my number 1 source of ideas, inspiration and professional development. Here is a taster of just some of the things I have discovered in the past few weeks:
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