Public confession

Things are not going well – mixed but not well

At work

I thought I could lead but I am not sure – really not sure – we need to deliver results – as teachers this is not easy because we can not force the issue  kids are kids and they are the ones who go into the exam – but we need to do the right things if we are going to stand any chance at all

So – we made some plans – we agreed what was needed – we made a commitment – or at least I thought we did – now I am asking for evidence and – – – – –

I need to talk about it – but who to – so here I am keeping things private whilst public – just writing does help – it puts things into some perspective


Teaching Venn Diagrams

We have been working on Venn Diagrams in year 7.

We started small – just post its with our names on – placing them on the board.

Then we moved onto numbers; multiples, factors and so on.

We dabbled with probabilities – a couple of us went as far as P(AuB) and P(AnB).

Today we pulled things together with a game of Guess Who

  •  A set of Guess Who characters can be found online
  • Each student had a set and they played in pairs
  • The chat about characteristics was great – thinking skills galore
  • We finished by making posters in pairs – many were happy to try 3 sets – then we stuck our Guess Who characters onto the posters

A nice lesson – the students were fully engrossed – the basic concepts of sets and Venn Diagrams were certainly embedded.