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How I passed the QTS maths test – part 3
The second part is the more traditional pen and paper sort of maths. I found this section less intimidating than the first part, because although there was an overall time limit, it wasn’t a limit per question. I still had … Continue reading
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Tagged maths, private tuition, QTS, skills test, tutor, written methods
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How I passed the QTS maths test – part 2
The first part of the QTS skills test is the mental maths section. To pass this, it helps to have a good grasp of times tables. I was lucky that I already knew these really well because my school had … Continue reading
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Tagged fractions, maths, mental maths, number bonds, partitioning, percentages, QTS, skills test, times tables, tuition, tutor
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How I passed the QTS maths test – part 1
Like a lot of people, I was always scared of maths. I hated it at school – somehow those numbers never made as much sense to me as they did to my peers. But because claiming to be bad at … Continue reading
Top Ten Random Posts on Education
I’ve never written a roundup post before, but I’ve been blogging for a while and now seemed like a good time to take stock of which posts people have read the most and to reshare them. I’ve decided to group … Continue reading
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Tagged education, English, growth mindset, maths, number bonds, SPaG, times tables, top 10, top ten, VCOP
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Teaching Algebra – it’s just like fractions!
I wrote a while ago about teaching basic algebra to children and taking away their fear. But what do you do when it becomes a little more complicated? When working with a pupil recently we came across this problem: and … Continue reading
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Tagged algebra, KS2, KS3, maths, ordering fractions, private maths tuition, problem solving, SATs question
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Free Maths Worksheets
One of the challenges of supply teaching is knowing where to find worksheets on a range of topics that can be accessed quickly, printed free of charge, and adapted easily to suit the need of a class you barely know. … Continue reading
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Tagged arithmetic, free worksheets, maths, mental maths, supply teacher, supply teaching
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What’s the Point of Homework?
Before I begin, I feel I should point out that I agree with homework. I quite often set homework at the end of a tutoring session: sometimes it’s because I can see they understand what we have been working on … Continue reading