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Sit Up and Look at Me!
How often have you been told, as a child, to sit up, sit still, look at me and then comes the...Should You Learn Your Times Tables?
There is some debate among maths teachers and academics about whether it is important to learn...Which book to use for KS3 maths?
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Graphical presentation of the Pythagoras theorem
This establishes relationship between the three sides of a right angle triange. The theorem says: a^2+b^2=c^2 (where c is the hypotenuse; a and b are the other 2 sides of the triangle). In the 2 pictures below, areas covered in both the pictures (2 big squares) by the colourful triangles is... 
Should You Learn Your Times Tables?
There is some debate among maths teachers and academics about whether it is important to learn your times tables. Certainly it is possible to be an effective mathematician without learning them off by heart but there is also evidence that learning basic maths facts can free up our brains to... 
Mathematics education
Drawing from my own experience of being a teacher and tutor, I strongly believe that Mathematics is a subject that cannot be mastered in a short period of time. Also it is not a subject that you will shine through by using your innate talent only. You need practice enough and frequently in order...

Enthusing Pupils and Enhancing Confidence
I recently attended a CPD session where the aim was to help maths facilitatorswho want to nurture confident, creative and enthusiastic learners. During the first day facilitators were told to state the problems that worried them most. By and large, colleagues wanted to know how to engage pupils,... 
Mr Tompkins Explores the Wonders of Physics ^{Editor's Pick}
When I was 15, I read a book which inspired me to think harder in science and really understand what the teacher was talking about. The author George Gamow created this series of books in the 1940s and they seek to introduce the reader to difficult concepts such as quantum physics in a way which... 
The Truth about Mixed Numbers
It is a common misconception that one needs to convert mixed numbers into top heavy fractions to add or subtract them. Unlike with multiplication or division of mixed numbers we can leave them as mixed numbers. Example 1 158 7/8 +23 23/24. This means 158 + 7/8 + 23 + 23/24 so, of course we can...