What and why?
I have included these pages to help the user get a feel both for the rationale and aims behind this site, how you can expect it to develop and how you might use it. I truly believe that web publishing is the way forward for education because it is so much more versatile than its predecessors and alternatives. This site is an organic resource that changes, develops and improves regularly. The user has a great input in to all of that as well, helping to correct errors and making suggestions for improvement. Ultimately, the site will develop the way the users want it to. This is not really the type of resource the exists as much in education as I believe it should. Most resources are sold as finished and static. This site is neither!
A quick tour
This screencast below hopefully gives you a really quick idea of what is here and how to find it.
This Getting Started section offers a whole host of information, tips and advice for teachers old and new to halep them run, manage and get the most out of the course. There is a building section on the role of the IB core, information and administration, schemes of work and more.
There is a huge section on Assessment split in to 2 for Internal and External. There is a huge amount of advice and resources to hep teachers and students a like to thoroughly understand what is is expected from them in terms of assessment. There is everything from elaboration on criteria and marked examples, to help with managing assessment in general and revision resources.
The website has a major section on each of the main topic headings. It starts with an overview of the elements involved, tips for teaching and attention to common pitfalls and misconceptions. This section then breaks down in to the three subheadings listed below. See Geometry & Trig for an example.
Each topic from the syllabus has a page for 'teaching ideas'. these are tried and tested classroom activities that are designed to promote mathematical thinking and reasoning. The activities are designed to engage students with mathematics and help them make discoveries on the own. See this pqge L,S&P Teaching Ideas for an example.
In combination with the more expansive activities above, each topic has a page with worksheets and practice questions - with answers to hep students consolidate knowledge and techniques. There is a building collection of IB style exam questions on these pages too. Also on these pages there is a collection of 'Fill in the gap notes' that are a nice half way step that can help with record keeping and revision. See N & A Practice for an example.
I am constantly scouring the internet for interesting and relevant articles and tools that can help with the teaching of these modules. Each topic has a page where this collection builds daily. See L, S & P Internet Guide for an example.
Author and Aims
I believe passionately that teaching mathematics at any level is all about creating opportunities for students to make their own discoveries and links. Whilst I know from experience that this is a tall order to have as an ideal, I believe we should all be aspiring to this as much as possible to try and bring mathematics to fore and work against the stigma that has grown up around mathematics in school.
With this in mind, I find that the best resources I have ever been given or found are the ones that help me to create these opportunities. Rich, mathematical tasks that engage people from the outset and draw as much as they can on previous knowledge and intuition. These are all worth a hundred textbooks and worksheets, they are more effective than 'How to videos' of the kind found on the Khan Academy and other similar sites. Dont get me wrong, all of these resources can be very valuable, but just not as valuable as a good task.
It is my main aim as a teacher to put as many of these tasks as I can in to my schemes of work, whilst balancing them with the demands of less visionary assessment tools. This is the main aim of this website for maths studies students and Teachmathematics.net that I work on with my two colleagues in Toulouse for students from 11 to 16. Despite the huge increase in internet based resources for mathematics, I still find rich activities in relatively short supply. Invariably, the richness needs to be added by the teachers! I hope I can help to bring richness to your classrooms with this website.
Of course, along with this, I accept there is a need for many resources of a different kind, all of which have a role in the whole education of students. I hope, ultimately, to be providing users with everything they could need to help them and their students through this course.
A little about me... I live and work near Toulouse in South West France and am lucky enough to work in a very well resourced and forward thinking school where my working conditions are fabulous. I am a full time practising teacher of students from 11 to 18 and I love my job. Like everyone else, I am generally overworked and stressed out by the everyday of the job. Along side that of course, my main job is being a husband and father to my lovely wife and four beautiful children! I am grateful to my family for their support of these projects and particularly my wife Lianne for the technical support she gives as well!
What can you expect from this site in the future, how can you be involved.
This is one of the pages that is most often used throughout the site. This just gives you an overbiew of what you can expect to find on those pages.