year seven

Continuing on from my last post, here is the feedback I got from Year 7. Like last time, I used Start, Stop, Keep and Change, and I'll go through responses for each question, adding my own reflections as I go. I'll be honest, a lot of this feedback wasn't particularly…

Today's lesson with Year 7 looked at front, side and top perspective drawings of 3D shapes. The moment of inspiration hit me when I woke up this morning (which is an improvement over the more common 10 minutes before the lesson starts), but I decided I wanted students to create…

In introducing rotations to my Year 7 class, I had them create a... thing. "Foldable" isn't really the word I'm looking for here. I think it's better described as a "spinable". Anyway, it looks like this... ...and this. The main idea is that students aren't just told what a rotation…

There was sport on today, so a large portion of my Year 7s were away. As a result, I had an exchange with some of the remaining students at lunch time that went a little like this: Student 1: We've only got 6 students in our class today! [Stretching the…

The other day I wrote a post about having students build their own equations. I decided to use this idea as a starting point for solving equations by backtracking. The class has already solved equations in a number of ways, and even used flow charts to solve them with backtracking.…

Year 7 are currently working on solving equations with pronumerals for the first time. Specifically, we're using backtracking to solve multi-step linear equations. This year, I realised there's a problem with getting students to understand backtracking. Before I can expect students to work backwards through steps to solve an equation,…

Firstly, credit where it is due: I was given this idea by Sarah Hagan, who found it on Annie Forest's blog. So, thanks! So, Petals Around the Rose (the name is really important!) is a game/puzzle which, if you followed that link just now, is likely making you really…

I'm currently working through our "Primes and Indices" unit with Year 7. We've already looked at square roots of perfect square numbers, and did a quiz on them today. But we also wanted to look at find the square root of other numbers. For this we played The Square Root…

To start by stating the obvious: I have not blogged enough this year. As in, my last post was before the school year had even started. I could make excuses (which would basically consist of 'way too busy', 'not enough time', 'seriously, I'm crazy busy'), but I know I'm a…

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Shaun used to be maths, IT and ocassional physics teacher at a small P-12 school (primary and secondary) in rural Victoria, Australia. He is currently in the process of starting his career again in the United States.

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The place where I put other stuff, usually math related coding:

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My journey from Australia to the United States:

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Sarah is also a math teacher, and she's much better at this blogging thing than I am:

Math Equals Love