Circle Geometry in a Morning – UCT 100Up Project

My Take:

I recently had the privilege of designing a circle Geometry Workshop for the UCT 100Up Programme. All in all I really enjoyed the experience. Below are the resources I created for the Project.

 

 

PDF of Resources

How to give Presentations that connect with your Audience

My Take:

A while ago, I saw a fantastic Ted Talk on how to give engaging presentations and I decided to make this mindmap to preserve the information in an easy to access format. It’s a great mindmap to glance over before giving a presentation, as it reminds you of a lot of the fundamental stuff you should be bearing in mind, if you want to reach your audience.

 

 

Full Page MindMap Link

Ted Talk Link

 

A fantastic collection of active learning strategies for teaching Mathematics

 

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My Take:

I stumbled across this book a while back and was struck by what a nicely collated collection of activities, games and methods it was, especially for a teacher who is trying to make their classroom active as opposed to passive. It’s real value is in it’s simplicity and grouping of activities by topic , it’s a great thing to glance at , to give you a creative spark for your lesson.

 

The Mathematics of Exercise & Nutrition

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My Take:

I am always on the lookout for great educational content that can be repurposed. This booklet clearly took an enormous amount of time to put together and the rigour with which it was assembled is staggering. It is a fantastic example of designing an educational resource & experience to the highest possible standard.

My thinking is that this booklet could be a rich starting point for any number of project based learning initiatives. With my particular focus being on Mathematics. I will add to this post in future as I begin to unpack the potential of the resource in my classroom.

 

Honing your Problem Solving Skills

 

 https://brilliant.org/

 

This is a great site if you are looking to improve your general thinking skills, through solving problems in Maths & Science.

 

Who says Data can’t be exciting!

 

Hans Rosling & Visualising Data

This is still one of my favourite videos for understanding why Visuals can make a huge difference in translating Data into meaningful information. With the abundance of Data now being captured about our lives – I think there are some wonderful School Mathematics Projects just waiting to be done by inquisitive students.

 

Google Tools for Maths & Science Teachers

Maths workshop with a Master Teacher

 

 

Introduction

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a Maths workshop presented by Mark Philips and the Mind Action Series Textbook publishers. I signed up on a whim because of the topic, which was Euclidean Geometry. In my experience it’s one of the most poorly understand topics by learners.  I hoped to learn some new approaches that would make the time I spend on this section more productive and ultimately improve the learning outcomes.

 

Key Ideas:

  • Focus on the Process
  • In Geometry, do exercises first & then theorems. (Build’s awareness before complexity)
  • Allow learners to do well in early tests to build confidence
  • Build confidence through slow ascent in difficulty
  • Don’t be so preoccupied with Time
  • Spend 80% of the Time on Basics and 20% on the Harder Questions for most classes
  • Encourage learners to move around and do physical stuff – Eg Circle Dance
  • Use narratives and stories in your teaching – especially those involving relationships
  • Make Learners Feel about the Topic, see above
  • Humour & Novelty are important – keep learners on their toes
  • Integration between Mathematical Topics important
  • Get Learners to make their own questions – higher cognitive levels of thinking
  • Understanding Mathematical vocabulary is important – specific practice on this is warranted

 

What stood out for me

So the biggest surprise for me was how for the most part, our attention was held throughout the 3hr workshop. It’s no easy feet to keep a room of 40 + teachers on a Saturday morning engaged, talking about content that they cover every year. The presenter was really skilled at keeping people on their toes and you never quite knew what was coming next. The amount of movement in the session also stood out for me as well as the clarity and size of the visual aids. The presenter also showed a depth of understanding on the topic and vast experience teaching it, which meant his comments were specific and helpful.

 

Reflection

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I learn’t in the session. It is not always the case when going to Maths Development workshops. I took detailed notes and they are reflected in the key ideas section above.  I also managed to grab a clip of the Circle Dance (below),  which was a fantastically creative way to remember the circle geometry theorems. I am struck by how useful it is to have a development session with a teacher who is a real master of their craft. More of these types of workshops would be brilliant for the development of best practice among Maths teachers.

 

The Circle Dance

 

 

Additional Resources from Workshop: