TES Maths ROTW: Review of 2015 - 2016

Craig Barton
19th July 2016

A round-up of this year's Resource of the Week blog series

This academic year has been another great one for the TES Maths ROTW series. Each week, it has been a pleasure to search through the amazing resources that have been published by the TES Maths community to find that special one to feature.

I am often asked about my criteria for selecting the ROTW. I wish I had a sophisticated algorithm to share with you, but it is so much simpler than that. I choose to feature resources that I would use in my classroom. And, very often, a resource only makes it into a blog post if it has successfully survived a trial run with one or more of my classes.

In my videos and write-ups, I try to suggest modifications and extensions for each resource. This is something that I feel very strongly about, as it is rare that a resource written by someone else for their class will work perfectly for you and your students. Resources need to be adapted to fit your teaching style, your pupils, the time of the day and many other things that can determine the success of a lesson.

This year we have seen resources for starting lessonsmaking tests and spicing up compound area and a whole host of potentially painful topics. We have investigated Pythagoras, gone out of this world and solved the mystery of a missing dog. We have supported GCSE and A-level exam revision, developed key numeracy skills, worked out whether we are beautiful or not and much, much more.

Thank you to all of the teachers out there who share their resources and ideas. You are making a huge, positive difference to the teaching and learning of mathematics all over the world.

Roll on 2016 - 2017!

Craig Barton

Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.

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