Mathematics Manipulatives

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This is the first of two activities where students match up parabolas with their equations. In this exercise the equations are in a form easily recognised for transformations eg they can use the vertex as a starting point in y = (x + 2)^2 - 3. In
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This is a revision activity for students learning about the Sine Rule and the Cosine Rule. For each triangle a correct calculation and result must be selected. The problems involve finding both sides and angles. Similar measurements for angles and
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This resource is designed to help junior high school students with spatial skills by asking them to add extra blocks, remove blocks etc from isometric drawings. It is a simple worksheet without answers although it is the sort of exercise where
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Not only does this cut-out-and-move-around set of tiles give students another opportunity to experience drawing straight lines from gradient intercept method but it also allows them to start off at any of these three places and work towards the
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This activity gives students the opportunity to reinforce their understanding of the connections between gradient and y-intercept, and a straight line equation and graph. They often see each of these as separate but by having to put situations back
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This activity is just a crutch for students who need structure when solving linear equations, for when they get past solving two-step linear equations and hit variables on both sides. These have whole or integer solutions. They require re-writing
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There are four games in this powerpoint. It is an adaptation of a class game that I play on the whiteboard and works in the same way that Noughts and Crosses work. The object is to get 3 noughts or 3 crosses in a row but the students have to get
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There are four click-able games in this PowerPoint. Each click reveals the answer, a X or a O. These are ideal for playing at the end of each class (allow 10 minutes) as revision for this topic. These games involve circle angle concepts
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This is the second of three sets of flash cards, designed to reinforce the different skills needed included solving linear equations and inequations, quadratic equations etc. It is a revision activity. The third set has algebraic patterning
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This is an activity to reinforce y = mx + c. Gradient statements, points, graphs of straight lines and equations are given but need to be matched up. This is a straightforward set of lines and the task includes terms like origin and negative
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This is another version of: Calculus Differentiation y' and y'' Graphs Quiz. This time the points are individually given and tiles relating to it are to be found. It is a discussion activity. There is a non-stationary point of inflection which
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This is a collection of five activities (which have also been listed as individual resources) that are useful when learning the basic skills involved with co-ordinates (points), gradients, straight line graphs, writing straight line formulae,
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This is a set of cards for students to practise simplifying, expanding, factorising and solving. It is the first of three sets. The other sets include writing algebraic formulae from patterns, rearranging formulae and substitution. When printing,
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This is the second of two activities where students match up parabolas with their equations. In this exercise the equations are in expanded format. In Match-Up 1 the equations are in a form easily recognised for transformations eg they can use the
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This worksheet gives students a chance to unravel some of the things which confuse them when they are learning about rates of change related to graphs, y' vs y'' vs value of y etc. Non-stationary points of inflection are included but I have
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This resource is designed to make students think about the link between different forms of straight line equations and the graphs of straight lines and x and y intercepts written in co-ordinate form. Choose one item from each column. One match up
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There are four click-able games in this PowerPoint. Each click reveals the answer,a X or a O. They are ideal for playing at the end of each class (allow 10 minutes) as revision for this topic. The games begin with basic skills problems involving
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There are four click-able games in this PowerPoint. Each click reveals the answer, a X or a O. They are ideal for playing at the end of each class (allow 10 minutes) as revision for this topic. The games begin with basic skills problems involving
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This is the third set of flash cards in this series. Great for revision. The students can cut them out and use them to prepare for an assessment. When printing, press Print on Both Sides. Flip on long edge. This resource and other similar
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This activity is designed to enhance students understanding of the relationship between shapes in 3D and their presentation in 2D. Ideally, cutting out the tiles and matching them up is the best option (followed by gluing into their own books)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching teenagers for a L O N G time but still love being involved in the direction of young people's energy and trying to share with them my passion for Mathematics.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My resources are all ones that I use in the classroom. They allow for variety and allow students to grasp concepts in a different way. The resources that you will find here are mostly ones that involve manipulating tiles, sorting, grouping, ordering things, clozes, 3 Level Guides, sequencing activities, continuums etc. Hands-on teaching/learning is what I aspire to. It's not always successful with everyone but it allows for the development of ideas and maintaining concepts for longer.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

No awards... but love compliments from students/parents as well as the sense of accomplishment when ideas are grasped, that lightbulb moment.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

My degree is from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. My main subjects were Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Music and Music Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love music. My grounding is in the piano (ATCL) but I'll tinker with anything and could set up a music room at home with autoharp, guitar, banjo-mandolin, bagpipes, violin although singing and playing the ukulele with friends is my most enjoyable happy-place. We have regular gigs in our small town. I have taught core music to 13 and 14 year olds at school for two years, which I really enjoyed, and am involved with our school all-comers choir, but teaching Mathematics is my thing really.

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