Drinking games in the classroom (Part 2)…Replacement!

So… I’m back from an amazing week away, and as promised I think I’ve got a good game ready for my classes next September.

I’m going to call it Replacement!, although it really is a version the game 7s. I will give the class the following on the board…

Number to replace: 7

Replace with: Polygons (e.g. triangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, etc.)

Students will be in groups of 3 or 4s and will start the game as so…

Student 1: “I propose a game of replacement, replacing 7 with Polygons. To my left 1,”

The game will then continue around the group… 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Square, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Triangle, 15, 16, Pentagon, 18, …

Loser is the person who messes up! Prizes/Merits for those students who gets a unique replacement (says a polygon that no one else in the class has said). 

Bring on September…




Drinking games in the classroom??

So…I’m off on holiday tomorrow. 15 friends in a 3 bed house in the middle of the French countryside.

On the agenda? Food, lounging in the garden and beer pong. Excellent!

However… almost certainly there will be a few drinking games that pop up later into the nights. What occurred to me as I packed was that the kids in my class might love these! And assuming I remove the dirty pint, I think they might do them some good!

Thinking about it 21s is really a great test of numerical agility, and as the game develops and more rules get added it becomes even more mathematical. Most commonly rules revolve around multiples, e.g. all multiples of 5 must be replaces with a Simpsons character, i.e. 1,2,3,4, Bart, 6, 7, 8, 9, Lisa, 11, 12, etc.etc. This could just as easily be extended to primes, factors of 20, square numbers or even triangular numbers.

Now that I think of it, this week really is a crucial exercise in preparation for next year! So long as I can remember the games the next morning…

Hot Wheels, Dirty Sanchez and Monster Energy Drinks! Bring on the first day of term!

So…why do we learn mathematics? First thing, first lesson, with my new classes I want them so say… “Ahhhhh! That’s why I’m here! Thats why I’m learning maths!” 

I think finding a video that will help with this should be easy, so I google ‘Why maths is important video’ and watch the first few results… “symmetry is beautiful…” yawn, “the job prospects are amazing…” yawn, “it’s concepts underpin the digital world…” yawn yawn yawn.

Thank you Dirty Sanchez (for the help of any Yanks – basically a Welsh Jackass): 


Thank you Hot Wheels:

Thank you Monster Energy Drinks:


I’m going to claim Engineering & Physics as ‘Applied Maths’ and head to bed…

MTBoS and Planning for September

So… September 2014 is just around the corner…

Over the summer break I’ve become a little obsessed with the Maths Teacher Blogosphere which is basically a collection of Maths teachers chatting online. From these conversations I have seen a whole new world of Maths resources & ideas (Project Based Learning, 3 Acts Maths, Hinge Questions, Skill Based Assessments, etc., etc.). These ideas and resources really could be a game changer, and I’m going to do my best to put as much as possible of the excellent things I’ve seen into my own practice.

In this Blog I’ll do my best to reflect on how successful that journey has been…