I just wanted to wish all my students sitting paper 1 of GCSE maths, tomorrow, all the best. You've worked incredibly hard and deserve the grades you are aiming for. Who knows, some of you may even do better than you expect.
For serving teachers, professional development is an important part of maintaining standards of teaching and learning and keeping up to date with recent educational developments.
As a tutor I feel that I need to maintain and upgrade my skills as far as possible. Not all professional development is necessarily subject based. During the current academic year I have participated in professional development specifically designed to support teaching of the new 9-1 maths GCSE and also attended the Norfolk County Council Safeguarding Children course. I have also taken part in a webinar addressing 'Maths Learning Difficulties & Dyscalculia' lead by Professor Steve Chinn PhD FRSA. His website can be found at www.stevechinn.co.uk
It has been a while since I last posted. I have been immensely busy with lots of demand for tuition. All of my tutor sessions are fully booked until after the GCSE exams and, while I have tried to cater for as many students as possible, I have, unfortunately, had to turn away some students wanting 'last minute' tuition.
My Y6 students have finished their SATs and are now looking forward to the rest of the summer term, the holidays and moving schools in September. 75% of them are continuing with tuition until the end of term at least.
My Y11 students have already embarked on their exam season and will be taking their maths papers on 25th May, 8th & 13th June. I hope they all achieve the grades they are aiming for and know that they are all working incredibly hard.
Students in all other year groups continue to work hard.
I wish all students taking GCSEs all the very best for their exams. Keep calm, do your best and you will be rewarded!
Several of my higher paper GCSE students have asked me to help them to learn and revise iteration. Iteration is new to GCSE, replacing 'Trial and Improvement'. This video will prove useful to anyone needing a little extra help - I will certainly be using it to support my lessons.
This is a most interesting article, for anyone who wants to think about our current exam system in the U.K. rethinking-ed.org/2017/03/29/is-everyone-ok/
All of my current Y6 and GCSE students are being prepared for their exams. The Y6 SATs take place in the week beginning May 8th 2017, while the dates for GCSE maths are 25th May, 8th June and 13th June 2017. Due to the increased demand of my service, especially in areas such as SATs and GCSE Maths, I have very limited availability running into the exam period. I am taking tuition bookings for May/June and September starts so if you would like to reserve a space please get in touch so that you can be given priority when spaces do become available.
Many of my posts, recently, have been GCSE maths related. However, I do teach students from Year 3 (aged 7) and upwards. Today, I was working with a young student who needs to learn the months of the year. We had a lovely time singing together. Songs are a great way of learning those things which need to be committed to memory. For anyone interested, this is the song...
With lots of questions being asked about grade boundaries for the new GCSE at the moment, I thought this article might be of use to some. http://onmaths.com/episodes/2017-grade-boundaries/
This spring has certainly been the busiest term in Diss Maths Tutor's history. I have stated to myself, and others, on several occasions that I am fully booked for weekend and after school sessions. Each time, however, I have managed to 'fit in' an extra lesson.
This has proved true this week. A student came for a 'half-term' only lesson and got so much from it that her parents decided they would like her to have a regular slot until she takes her SATs in May. Now, I really don't like not having availability, so have added another extra session to my tuition week.
If you are thinking that you would like to book some tuition in the near future, I strongly recommend that you ask to be placed on my waiting list as empty spaces are filled very quickly. If, however, a regular session becomes available and you are on the waiting list, then I will contact you as soon as the vacancy appears, ensuring that you don't miss out.
I am also able to offer students 'stand-by' lessons. This means that if I get a cancellation, then I may be able to fit you in. Of course, the day and time of these sessions can vary, but with 23 hours of tuition each week, cancellations due to sickness, holidays etc. do occur fairly regularly. Students who are actively on the 'stand-by' lesson list receive first refusal for regular sessions when they become available.
Have you ever said "I'm not good at maths"? Has your son or daughter felt despondent because they think that they are "No good at maths"? You, or they, may feel like this, but it simply isn't true.
This article from the NCTM maths blog is certianily worth reading...