When did maths become fun?

I came across this today and wanted to share with you what I feel to be one of the best things about being a teacher. Giving students the chance to create their own understanding. I wish my maths teacher had taught like this. This video is a testament to the saying “seeing is believing”.

This program is available as an iPad app and I have it downloaded ready to explore. It could be a great addition to my prac lessons.

Is good teaching enough?

One can argue the ability of the curriculum to teach content that is relevant and tends to be an obstacle to absolute change as teachers are bound to teach each it. Lets acknowledge that the process of enacting any real curriculum reform is a long and laborious one.
However teachers are in control of the ways in which they teach. If stagnated curriculum is taught in an innovative way, will this be the happy medium to see us over the line? Can teaching skills alone contextualise learning pathways that long ago became overgrown and seldom visited.

Teachers have to change their perceptions of the role they play. When “teachers are still teaching from the front but using whiteboards” we are a long way from finding that middle ground