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Calculate the day of the week for any date in 2017 - inspire your class
The 'doomsday rule' is a way to mentally calculate the day of the week for any date - without the use of a calendar. Looking at the patterns and rules and then using them to predict the day of any date gives children a reason to learn the order of months, the positional and ordinal number for each month, as well as developing a desire to play with numbers. A great maths motivator for the new year.
Interactive maths kits - add a geoboard for 'show me' activities
'Show me' activities are great for whole class starters and each child having their own maths kit helps your classroom management as well as making maths motivating for children. On a training course recently, where I give out maths kits with counters, number cards,100-squares and other manipulatives, a teacher suggested adding a geoboard to help with shape 'starter' activites.
Reflect on your maths teaching and take a look at the bigger picture
Once the term has started it is likely that you focus on your teaching for each day or week with little chance to reflect and look at your teaching in a wider context. If possible, take some time to reflect on what education is all about for you and then look at the best way you can make this happen in action.
Maths observations - how can you make the most of them?
Lesson observations, with the opportunity to see other teachers in action and the learning that takes place, are a great way to improve your own teaching skills. This is even more the case if you have been involved with the planning process so you can share thoughts and ideas with the teacher. I have a prompt 'bookmark' sheet of questions to guide my observations that you can give a try.