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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
As the bell goes: Audio reflections

Teacher - Nat Parnell

Teacher - Nat ParnellI 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
  • Student Comments
    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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