Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Resources of the Week

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Resources of the Week

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Each week, three subject teachers recommend a high-quality resource that they have tried and tested in their own classrooms

Maths

Lesson starters: Routine skills

What is it? Excel is such a versatile tool. Using the random-number-generator function, resource author gazzacoach has created a series of starter activities that cover a whole range of mathematical topics. Not only do the Excel sheets work out the answers but they can also generate an infinite number of examples.

How can it be used? Improving routine skills is absolutely crucial to students' long-term success in maths. There is no point trying to teach simplifying fractions or solving equations to a class that is not confident with times tables and negative numbers. These quick activities ensure a pacy start to lessons, while helping to develop those basic skills that all of mathematics is built upon.

Find it here: bit.ly/RoutineSkills

Craig Barton is an advanced skills teacher at Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton and a TES secondary maths adviser. Find him on Twitter at @TESMaths

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50 things to do before you're 20

What is it? Hundreds of teachers have used ACOYEAR8's resource since it first appeared on the TES website in 2012. It does exactly what it says on the tin: it provides 50 small goals that students can aim to achieve before they turn 20. ACOYEAR8's choices avoid clichés, with goals that include having a deep conversation with an elderly person and listening to the birds singing in the morning. …

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