Author Archives: mrbnbcs

All i could say was “Epic!”

For me, there’s nothing better than discovering something for the first time. There is something exhilarating about having a tricky and/or meaningful problem, mucking around trying different things to solve it, and producing a solution. Last week a group of my yr 8 students … Continue reading

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A 30 minute visit to BIE

Project Based Learning (PBL) has interested me for a while now. I’ve tried implementing different projects with my classes with varying degrees of success. I was encouraged to take a look at the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) and so … Continue reading

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The Battlefield that is 9M6

I can’t believe it’s August and I’ve had these guys for 6 months now. It has definitely been an eye-opener for me. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: 1. Students don’t have to hate maths: Nearly all of these said … Continue reading

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Why do people hate maths?

“I don’t get it”, “it’s too hard”, “they put me in maths 6 so they make us feel dumb”, “it’s boring”, “there are so many symbols; it’s confusing”, “it’s hard”. These were some of the responses my students of 9M6 … Continue reading

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They can have the power (point)!

Lately I have been battling with a group of year 8’s who have been getting bored with Pythagoras’ Theorem. There really are a lot of boring problems out there that they would much rather avoid. So I set them the task … Continue reading

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Cricketers are good at maths! (and physics)

As an avid cricket fan I am very excited about the current Ashes series between Australia and England. Things haven’t started too well for the Aussies but I have faith that the baggy green can bounce back for victory. As … Continue reading

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Let’s get it started in here

I’ve heard a lot about getting students to post their work online. Not only does it allow students to showcase some of their work to the public, but it also allows for the public to give feedback. I decided to … Continue reading

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