There are constant demands for the public sector to catch up with the 21st Century and the ever-changing digital landscape. Teachers are getting it right and taking matters into their own hands. From creating innovative resources to starting national (and sometimes international) discussions with just a hashtag, our educators are leading the way in showing us the endless benefits of blogging and social media. Here we list some of the best blogs for maths teachers.
Hegarty Maths was started in 2011 by a couple of Maths Teachers who decided to make educational videos for their pupils. The success of these videos snowballed, with pupils from other classes, other schools and eventually other countries using them for revision. With a nomination from The 2013 Education Innovation Awards and an inclusion in YouTube’s educational platform, Hegarty Maths was coined ‘The Future of Maths Learning’.
The site offers engaging videos across all secondary school maths topics, from KS3 to A-level. It’s easy to navigate and offers something for pupils of all ability. As a Maths Teacher, you might enjoy the ‘Flipped Learning’ section, where a small introduction and a few resources are offered. The idea of this section is to get pupils to watch a video at home, and then work through the problems in class – meaning more time for one to one help. There’s also a few blog articles written by the creator, Colin Hegarty, which offer some interesting insights into teaching maths.
Lead Practitioner Jo Morgan started this blog with the belief that great resources and methods should be shared more widely. ‘Teachers don’t get enough time to collaborate at school. I hate to think of teachers working in isolation’, she told EduStaff.
You can really see the time and commitment that has gone into this site. Areas are broken down into topics, and each topic has a range of resources that can support it. These resources range from ones Jo has found helpful, to ones she has created herself.
If you’re seeking inspiration, check out the ‘Maths Gems’ section, a weekly post of ideas collated by Jo from Twitter and other blogs. ‘Join the Twitter community’ says Jo, ‘Network with other teachers, participate in conversations and share ideas’.
Danielle Bartram, aka Miss B, designed the site to share good practice. As well as an abundance of resources for pupils of all ability, Miss B has devised some brilliant activities that incorporate literacy within maths.
With interactive wall displays, revision sheets and ideas to inspire whole school events, this site really is a must for every maths teacher.
Miss B is also a regular speaker at various conferences across the UK. You can read accounts of the reviews on the blog section of the website, as well as interesting pieces on topics ranging from social media to exam boards.
If in-depth, informative and thought-provoking articles pique your interest, look no further than cavmaths. Created by maths teacher Stephen Cavadino, cavmaths offers well-written posts across all education related topics, from policy to cross-curricular activities. After enjoying other maths blogs and resources, Stephen decided to start his own blog. ‘I found it really helped me frame my thoughts and has aided my own development as a teacher no end. I'm not sure if it has helped anyone else, but I hope it has.’
The posts have the added benefit of being penned by someone who is also completing an MA in Education, giving us access to insight into some of the hotly debated topics in academia. The main maths specific posts revolve around the negative perceptions of maths. ‘I think the best way to combat this is to make sure this generation love maths and do understand it, avoiding a similar situation in future’ says Stephen.
Whether you’re after some fresh ideas or want to share your own, joining the education blogosphere is an absolute must. When asked what advice they would give to a teacher considering writing a blog, both Jo and Stephen undisputedly said ‘Do it’.