Anyone for tennis? | A Maths Teacher

And so the sun sets on another Wimbledon tournament, one that will be remembered in part for the two losing singles finalists.

Serena Williams was the runner up in the ladies final, ten months after giving birth, and Kevin Anderson lost in the men’s final to Novak Djokovic, two days after playing the second-longest match in Wimbledon history, taking six hours, thirty six minutes to overcome John Isner in the semi-final.

Understandably, Anderson has called for a change in how close games are decided.

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Oh, what a night | A Maths Teacher

A Maths Teacher Celebrates

or why football remains the most popular and exciting sport

Oh, what a night. It had drama, heroes and villains, and, for once, the tears shed at the end of game were tears of joy. On a night of pure theatre, England beat Colombia in a penalty shoot out to proceed to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

A nation rejoiced and when, perhaps still a little bleary eyed, it woke realising it wasn’t just a dream, the feel good factor across the land was palpable. Workmates chatted amiably, neighbors conversed happily, strangers smiled as they past each other;…

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Its all getting quite exciting | A Maths Teacher

Russia 2018 – its turning out to be a vintage World Cup.

We’ve had shocks, upset and – at the time of writing – England are still in it (with a supposedly “easy” route to the final. Half of me dares to hope, the other half fears we will be dumped out tomorrow night by the Colombians.)

It is also the the tournament when stats and data have come of age, and are readily available to those of us who find the numbers (almost) as entrancing as the fancy footwork.

As I did at the end of Euro 2016, I will “Rank the rankings”: compare the finishing positions with the FIFA world rankings. There…

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The confessions of a maths teacher – how I slept my way to success | A Maths Teacher

The confessions of a maths teacher – how I slept my way to success.

It may just be that all our work scrutiny, all that triple marking, all that group work and all those verbal feedback stamps have, at best, merely been tinkering around the edges, covering over the cracks, re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

Perhaps we are ignoring the single biggest factor that could improve the learning and performance of the pupils in our care.

Sleep.

I’ve recently read “Why we sleep: The new science of sleep and dreams” by Matthew Walker and it has, forgive the pun, opened my eyes.

I…

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What an ar$e | A Maths Teacher

After yesterday’s blog post which highlighted the calm, statesman like brilliance of President Macron, today the pendulum swings fully the other way, allowing Piers Morgan to show himself to be a bullying buffoon, a despicable and pathetic man.

He tries to show that he is more intelligent than the guests on his show – guests invited in so that he can belittle them – by asking them about Pythagoras’ Theorem.

But he fails. He fails magnificently.

Clearly Piers himself doesn’t know what Pythagoras’ Theorem is, confusing it instead with Pi.  (And, you can just make out over the justified…

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Fantastic, Mr President | A Maths Teacher

President Macron of France took a teenager to task for failing to show him – or more correctly, the Office of his Presidency – due respect.

It is a fantastic clip, in which the French leader displays gravitas whilst taking the opportunity to educate.

The day you want to start a revolution you study first in order to obtain a degree and feed yourself, OK?

Wise words.

It would have been so easy for him to have ignored the low level “cheek” from the garcon – and how often have we, as teachers let things slide, or seen colleagues do so?

As @Marcus Haddon said on Twitter:

I’ve seen…

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Most Competitive League in Europe | A Maths Teacher

Saturday saw Aston Villa face Fulham FC in what is widely regarded as the most valuable game in world football – the winners of the Championship play off can look forward to the next season in the Premier League, a season worth circa £170 million, a sum far eclipsing the prize money of any other competition.

The above is easy to quantify, less so is the assertion that the English Championship is the hardest to gain promotion from, the most competitive league in Europe, although many will make this claim.

So which is the most competitive league in Europe?

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