Resourceaholic: The Rule of Three – Education Article

Multiplication is vexation; Division is as bad; The Rule of Three doth puzzle me, And Practice drives me mad. You may know this classic nursery rhyme, which was apparently written by John Napier in 1570. Most modern English maths teachers don’t know much about the Rule of Three. I hadn’t come across it myself until I started reading old textbooks, where it is ubiquitous. In Hodder’s Artihmetick (1702) the Rule of Three is described as the ‘Golden Rule’ (for as…

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Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative – Education Article

Story Matters: Teaching Teens to Use the Tools of Narrative to Argue and Inform By Liz Prather(Heinemann, 2019 – Learn more) Reviewed by Michelle Voelker If you’ve ever had the privilege of sitting in a Writing Project training, you know the real power of that presentation is that a classroom teacher is presenting. And I don’t mean someone who used to be in the classroom long ago. No. You get the real deal with Writing Project professional development sessions. These teachers…

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Resourceaholic: Map Scale – Education Article

This question on map scale in AQA’s 2018 Foundation tier GCSE paper was answered really badly: Most students had no idea. In fact, they would have done better if they’d just guessed. The most common answer given was 1:1000. The question requires students to understand two things: how to convert from cm to km.  how to interpret a map scale given as a ratio with no units (eg knowing that 1:100000 means that 1cm on the map represents 100,000cm in…

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Resourceaholic: Map Scale – Education Article

This question on map scale in AQA’s 2018 Foundation tier GCSE paper was answered really badly: Most students had no idea. In fact, they would have done better if they’d just guessed. The most common answer given was 1:1000. The question requires students to understand two things: how to convert from cm to km.  how to interpret a map scale given as a ratio with no units (eg knowing that 1:100000 means that 1cm on the map represents 100,000cm in…

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