First day of term 4 (which was Monday - I really am running behind at the moment!) saw the start of our Trigonometry unit with Year 9. I wanted a way to get my students to start thinking about how the angles of a right-angled triangle affect its sides, while…

Teaching the distributive law is an interesting prospect. Because really, if students know how to multiply numbers with more than one digit they already use the distributive law, even if they don't know it. But if you write this on a board: a•(b + c) = a•b + a&…

I think it's a tough balancing act to find the point where students can investigate mathematical ideas independently. Not enough guidance, and the class will stare at me, wondering what they're supposed to even be doing. Too much help, and they just start guessing at the answer that will get…