Andy Kemp

Performance Management Reviews

By Andy | January 3, 2016 | 0 Comment

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last year about the purpose and effectiveness of the traditional annual performance review which is a common part of most schools.  Appraisal in its current form in most schools lends its origins to the 1986 Education Act, which made it compulsory for maintained schools to undertake some form of performance review. […]

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How should I adjust my Teaching for different Learning Styles?

By Andy | April 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

This is the question posed by Daniel Willingham in Chapter 7 of his excellent book “Why don’t Students Like School?” This is a very trendy and topical question which has been making its way through schools in various guises for the last 10 years.  Willingham however takes a very different approach to most by using […]

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Comparison of VLE solutions

By Andy | April 9, 2009 | 3 Comment

I should start from the outset by saying that I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned below and the opinions expressed here are solely mine and do not reflect the opinions of anyone I have or currently work for… With that out the way I guess I should start by saying over the course […]

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Problems Pages…

By Andy | April 1, 2005 | 0 Comment

I came across this Problem Bank website a few months back but noticed that it has recently moved and also undergone a UI update.

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The Max Box Problem

By Andy | March 26, 2005 | 2 Comment

As part of mt PGCE course I had to create an ICT resource to teach some element of the Maths Curriculum. I decided to try and tackle the traditional Max Box Problem in which you are presented with a sheet (in this case of paper, but it could be anything) and asked to find the […]

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Response to the White Paper on the Tomlinson Report

By Andy | February 25, 2005 | 3 Comment

On Wednesday the 23rd of February the Government published the _White Paper_ repsonse to the *Tomlinson Report* in to changes in 14-19 education. Details of the response can be found here From the perspective of a Maths teacher this report is quite disappointing in many (but not all) respects, which we shall look at now: […]

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Nested Polygons 2!

By Andy | February 7, 2005 | 0 Comment

So having played with it a bit longer (as well as some helpful prods in the right direction – Thanks Jenni!) we can now make a little more progress… The trick is to convert the infinite product into an infinite sum… To do this we need to find a way to turn multiplication into addition. […]

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Nested Polygons

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I came across an interesting problem today. Consider a Circle, inside the circle inscribe a triangle, inside that triangle inscribe a circle, then inside that circle inscribe a square, then another circle, then a pentagon and so on… The question is does this sequence of shapes converge to a point, or a circle? And if […]

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Substiting into Formulae

By Andy | January 29, 2005 | 2 Comment

I was reading through September 2004 issue of MT (Mathematics Teacher – published by the ATM), and came across an article on teaching “Subtituting into Formula” In the article Colin Foster (from our local Henry VII’s) talks about trying to find ways to make the task of subtituting in to formulas seem more interesting and […]

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Tables Timer Flash Program

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Following on from my initial attempt at doing some flash programming, Ruth asked tme to have a go at replacing a piece of software they had previously had a school. What this software does is tests you on a particular times table and times how long it takes you to complete it. After a little […]

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