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# As the Bell Goes: Audio reflections - Nat Parnell

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Created on 14 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 02 September 2011 by ncetm_administrator

# Teacher - Nat Parnell

I am head of mathematics at 11-18 comprehensive school in Devon. I teach years 9, 10 and 11 this year. I’ve often considered doing something like this for my own reflections and I’ve seen something similar done in a previous school where the reflections then became the child’s report!.

Audio Reflections by Nat
• 5e-8=3e
Nat recounts a lesson where his Y8 pupils benefited greatly from a heated debate about different ways of solving this equation
• Corrections Poster
Nat reflects on how reluctant his students are to do corrections to their homework and describes a strategy for dealing with this
• Describe Mean Average
Nat describes an explaining task that he gives his students which helps his pupils understand the concept of mean average
• Foundation Higher Quandary
Nat describes the issues around this tricky decision which many maths departments are now faced with
• Fractions Sidecar Analogy
Nat describes his rather unusual analogy for top-heavy fractions, and the creatively comic response of one of his students
• Good Old Repeated Addition
Nat recounts his Y10 students' difficulty with the task of changing 5/8 into a decimal and comes to a surprising conclusion
• Kinaesthetic Maths
Nat describes his kinaesthetic approach to teaching the shape of straight line and other graphs
• Marks Available for No Maths
Nat reflects on how students can be penalised on written tests for things which are not related to their mathematical knowledge or ability
• Speed Dating
Nat reflects on how his students are obsessed with the idea of voting on "absolutely everything" and how he uses this to good effect in his lesson
Nat describes how he encourages his students to use their exercise books as learning journals and how this can be very useful for him as a teacher
• Timed Targets
Nat describes how he uses a timer for various tasks in his classroom to great effect
• Use of DGS Parallel Lines
Nat describes a very simple yet powerful use of dynamic geometry software
• Voting
Nat relates how building voting into his lessons can maintain motivation, even when doing past papers!

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