**Make 'Em Think Maths**

### Welcome to Make 'Em Think Maths. On this website you will find ideas for teaching Mathematics with a focus on conceptual understanding. Time is precious, so I make short informative animations and stills for teachers to follow easily.

### I don't want this website to be just a bank of pdfs and powerpoint resources. I think the best resource we have is our own resourcefulness. So, I want this site to give you ideas for you to run with!

## Latest teaching ideas:

### Expanding Polynomials with tree diagrams

A tree diagram is a very useful tool. Make 'Em Link!

Slides here to download

**A link to an excellent Geogebra file made by @boss_maths**

### Additive vs multiplicative relationships with exponents

With number first?

Generalising?

### Equivalent Fractions Linking to Multiplication

Using the area model to explore equivalent fractions and how the same representation can be used to conceptualise the multiplication of fractions.

### Expanding Brackets: exploring the distributive law

I have been planning how I would teach expanding brackets to students who haven't seen it before. Do teachers focus enough on the distributive law? I feel, most students have a sense of this in their mathematical 'tool bag' and from prior learning. Why not tap in to it? Make 'em LINK!

In this clip you will see how I have tried to embrace a *connectionist *mindset in my planning. Thanks to Chris McGrane's Mathematical Tasks book for making me reflect on this.

### Thinking about Standard Form

Ideas for learning Standard Form.

I try to borrow knowledge of powers of 10 and also students work on indices - especially reciprocals.

Using the Gattegno chart to construct numbers and then multiplying/dividing by powers of 10 can really help pupils see what is going on.

### Substitution Memory Game

Low starting point- high ceiling task. An excellent way to practice algebraic notation whilst learning substitution.

The gives pupils a sense of agency. They have the opportunity to own the Mathematics with tasks like this.

### What equations can you make?

Low starting point- high ceiling task. Pupils can make it as complicated as they like. Practice for algebraic notation.#MakeEmthinkMaths

Can you see... y = 1 + 3

x + y = 5z

(5+1)/3 = z

The list is endless.

What equations can you make? Display students work and get others to try and find them.

Deeper understanding task: Build your own picture!