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Mathematics activities using Lego bricks

November 27, 2016
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Mathematics activities using Lego bricks

I love Lego. And I love making up mathematics and statistics activities for people of all levels of attainment. So it makes sense that I would make up maths discussion activities using Lego. Whenever I have posted my ideas on … Continue reading →

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Talking in class: improving discussion in maths and stats classes

November 3, 2016
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Talking in class: improving discussion in maths and stats classes

Maths is right or wrong – end of discussion  – or is it? In 1984 I was a tutor in Operations Research to second year university students. My own experience of being in tutorials at University had been less than inspiring, … Continue reading →

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Why Journalists need to understand statistics – Sensational Listener article about midwifery risks

October 25, 2016
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Why Journalists need to understand statistics – Sensational Listener article about midwifery risks

The recent article in the Listener highlights again the need for all citizens to  be statistically literate. In particular I believe statistical literacy should be a compulsory part of all journalists’ training. I have written before about this. I was happy … Continue reading →

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Play and learning mathematics and statistics

October 13, 2016
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Play and learning mathematics and statistics

The role of play in learning I have been reading further about teaching mathematics and came across this interesting assertion: Play, understood as something frivolous, opposed to work, off-task behaviour, is not welcomed into most mathematics classrooms. But play is … Continue reading →

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The nature of mathematics and statistics and what it means to learn and teach them

September 6, 2016
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The nature of mathematics and statistics and what it means to learn and teach them

I’ve been thinking lately…. Sometimes it pays to stop and think. I have been reading a recent textbook for mathematics teachers, Dianne Siemon et al, Teaching mathematics: foundations to middle years (2011). On page 47 the authors asked me to “Take … Continue reading →

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Mathematics teaching Rockstar – Jo Boaler

July 25, 2016
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Mathematics teaching Rockstar – Jo Boaler

Moving around the education sector My life in education has included being a High School maths teacher, then teaching at university for 20 years. I then made resources and gave professional development workshops for secondary school teachers. It was exciting … Continue reading →

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Teachers and resource providers – uneasy bedfellows

July 18, 2016
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Teachers and resource providers – uneasy bedfellows

Trade stands and cautious teachers It is interesting to provide a trade stand at a teachers’ conference. Some teachers are keen to find out about new things, and come to see how we can help them. Others studiously avoid eye-contact … Continue reading →

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Enriching mathematics with statistics

July 14, 2016
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Enriching mathematics with statistics

Statistics enriches everything! In many school systems in the world, subjects are taught separately. In primary school, children  learn reading and writing, maths and social studies at different times of the day. But more than that, many topics within subjects … Continue reading →

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Teaching sampling with dragon data cards

June 23, 2016
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Teaching sampling with dragon data cards

Data cards for teaching statistics Data cards are a wonderful way for students to get a feel for data. As a University lecturer in the 1990s, I found that students often didn’t understand about the multivariate nature of data. This … Continue reading →

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There’s more to reading graphs than meets the eye

May 9, 2016
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There’s more to reading graphs than meets the eye

There’s more to reading graphs than meets the eye For those of us who know how to read a graph, it can be difficult to imagine what another person could find difficult. But then when I am presented with an … Continue reading →

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