Teachers Pay Teacher in the UK!

Hi Everyone,

Happy Summer to those of you who have broken up from school already! I still have six weeks to go until the end of the year, so if you’re like me and still not finished, I hope you have a great few last weeks at school before the holidays!

Last week I had an exciting day on Wednesday when I met with Karen and Talya from the Teachers Pay Teachers team and other UK sellers at the first TpT UK meet up! It was great to meet with others who were involved with the site and discuss TpT. Karen and Talya came all the way over from the US to meet with us to discuss ways to make TpT work even better for those of us over here in the UK. I love that TpT is always looking for ways to improve and seeking out opinions of its users, even it means travelling all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to do so!

Karen and Talya met with sellers in Liverpool and also in London during the week. I travelled to the Liverpool meet. We met at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, which is a Beatles themed hotel in the centre of Liverpool. A great location for getting a feel for the culture of the city. We had a great evening of eating, talking and sharing thoughts and ideas. I am really excited about the potential that TpT has in the UK and the new developments that TpT are planning for us over here. Thank you Talya and Karen for coming all this way to see us and thanks TpT for thinking about us!
Slide01-1After the meet I was inspired to get started on creating a few UK-specific resources. My first is a set of UK Coin Recognition and Addition Task Cards. Each task card has 4 to 5 UK coins which students must recognise and then add up to find the total amount. The cards are differentiated on three levels with three different sets of 12 cards each. Check them out!

 

Flash Freebie – 200 Facebook likes!

Hi there everyone,

Yay! I’ve reached 200 Facebook likes! To celebrate I’ve made my Place Value Task Cards FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for the next 24 hours. I know many of you are teaching place value at the beginning of the year and this set helps students to reinforce their understanding of place value up to 1000 in a variety of ways! Check them out by clicking on the image below.

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You Oughta Know About… Speed Challenges

Hi everyone,

I’m very excited to be involved in my very first blog hop. I’m teaming up with Jasmine over at Buzzing With Mrs McClain to tell you about something you oughta know!

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And that is… Speed Challenges on the Top Marks website! This is a mental math challenge against the clock! Each challenge gives the students 10 questions to answer. They are ideal for displaying on an interactive whiteboard or students can access the challenges on computers or tablets.
First you must choose the area of mental maths. There is wide range of topics from number through to fractions and measures.
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The next screen takes you through to more specific areas within the chosen topic so you can choose the level suited to abilities of the students in your class. On this page you must also select the length of time the students will have to answer each question. This ranges from 2 second to 20 seconds. I love decreasing the time my students have to answer the questions over the course of a teaching unit and watching how their mental recall skills have improved.
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As soon as you click on the specific challenge the questions will start. I usually get my students to record their answers on mini whiteboards with a dry wipe pen.
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Next the answer page will be displayed. You have to click on each question to reveal the answers, so you can  reveal them one at a time. I usually get my students to mark their own work.
 
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You can use this anytime during the school day. It is great to use for a mental warm up in a math lesson or if you have a spare couple of minutes before lunch! It really does help the students to practise their mental calculation and recall skills and it is great watching them get quicker at the challenges over time. Check the site out – I hope you find it as useful as I have!


Happy Holidays

Hi everyone,

So the final week before Christmas is finally here, so let the card making, concerts and parties commence! My classroom is all ‘tinselled-up’ and I’m ready with the glitter for next week’s craft activities! To keep my students busy over the final few days before the holidays, I’ll be using my Cracking Christmas Math Activities. Included is lots of festive fun featuring co-ordinates, fractions, word problems and much more!

Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to grab these fun activities. Have a great final few days at school and happy holidays!

Spooktacular Halloween

Hi everyone,

Halloween is nearly upon us and we have been having lots of fun with my Spooktacular Halloween themed Literacy and Math activities.

I’ve included five Literacy and five Math activities. The Math activities included cover data handling, ordering, addition, number sequences and rounding. Included in the Literacy activities are a monster description, alphabet work, parts of speech, syllables and acrostic poetry. Click on the picture to link to my store to keep your students busy this week!

Place Value

Hi everyone,

The first couple of weeks back at school have flown past and I am getting back into the swing of things! One of the things I’ve had a big focus on these past two weeks in Math is place value. I think it’s so important to get a good understanding of where your class are at with this at the start of the year and to address any misconceptions.  I’ve been using my Place Value Task Cards Set to ensure my students have a solid understanding of place value to start the year.

In the pack there are five different activities, which my students have been rotating through. I began my place value unit with a whole class lesson where I had all students completing similar activities. Following that lesson, I moved on to using the cards during rotations and it has really helped to embed the concept with my class.