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Kindle Lesson Starters Book

Starters Of The Day 1

This book provides an alternative was to access the popular Transum Mathematics ‘Starters of the Day’ which have been used by teachers all over the world to provide an interesting, engaging and varied start to mathematics lessons. In the pages of this book you will find screen shots of the first hundred lesson starters along with the answers (answers for the online versions are only available to Transum subscribers).

Kindle version on Amazon ::: PDF version on TES Resources

Lesson Finishers Book

Maths Lesson Finishers

Transum subscribers have access to the online collection but the PDF version is available for anyone to buy. Forty ideas for the mathematics teacher of ways to end a lesson. Ideas range from recap plenaries to teacher versus class games; from class challenges to reflective moments. Suitable for a pupils with a wide range of ages and abilities. Don’t waste the opportunity to finish the day’s mathematics in a meaningful, worthwhile and memorable way.

PDF version on TES Resources

It is often very difficult choosing presents for family and friends but so here are some mathematics-related gifts chosen and recommended by Transum Mathematics.

Equate Board Game

Here's a great board game that will give any family with school-aged kids hours of worthwhile play. Family time is ideal for board games and this one is great fun at any time of year. Games can be adapted to suit many levels of Mathematical ability.

For Maths tutors working with just one or small groups of pupils this game has proved to be an excellent activity for a tutorial. Deciding on the best moves can spark pertinent discussions about mathematical concepts.

Equate looks a bit like Scrabble--for aspiring mathematicians, that is. Designed by a real mathematician, it works like this: You put down tiles on a board and make points by correctly completing simple equations. Your nine tiles include both numbers and mathematical symbols; you can add on to previous plays both vertically and horizontally. more...

How Not To Be Wrong

The maths we learn in school can seem like an abstract set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In fact, Jordan Ellenberg shows us, maths touches on everything we do, and a little mathematical knowledge reveals the hidden structures that lie beneath the world's messy and chaotic surface. In How Not to be Wrong, Ellenberg explores the mathematician's method of analyzing life, from the everyday to the cosmic, showing us which numbers to defend, which ones to ignore, and when to change the equation entirely. Along the way, he explains calculus in a single page, describes Gödel's theorem using only one-syllable words, and reveals how early you actually need to get to the airport.

What more could the inquisitive adult want for a Christmas or birthday present? This book makes a cosy, interesting read in front of the fire or when on the beach. more...

GCSE Revision and Practice

Whatever exam board you use for GCSE Mathematics, this book by David Rayner remains an all-round winner. With this latest edition presented in full colour and completely updated for the new GCSE(9-1) specifications, this uniquely effective text continues to increase your chance of obtaining a good grade.

This book is targeted at the Higher tier GCSE, and provides a wealth of practice with careful progression, alongside substantial revision support for the new-style grading and exam questions. With all the new topics included, and a dedicated section on using and applying mathematics, this unique resource can be used either as a course book over two or three years or as a revision text in the run-up to exams. more...

The Craig Barton Book

Have you read Craig's book yet?

Craig Barton must surely be the voice of Mathematics teachers in the UK. His wonderful podcasts interviewing the industry experts have culminated in this wonderful book. As Craig says: "I genuinely believe I have never taught mathematics better, and my students have never learned more. I just wish I had known all of this twelve years ago..." more...

"How I wish I’d taught maths' is an extraordinary and important book. Part guide to research, part memoir, part survival handbook, it’s a wonderfully accessible guide to the latest research on teaching mathematics, presented in a disarmingly honest and readable way. I know of no other book that presents as much usable research evidence on the dos and don’ts of mathematics teaching in such a clear and practical way. No matter how long you have been doing it, if you teach mathematics—from primary school to university—this book is for you." Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL.

The Best Puzzle Book (in my opinion)

I received this book as a Christmas present and was most impressed with the range and depth of the content.

"What you won’t find in this book is all the ‘usual suspects’ – there are no crosswords or sudoku, for example. There are countless examples of these available already, including in almost every newspaper on sale the very day you read this. What you’ll find here instead is a huge range of material, all designed to confuse, perplex and – hopefully – delight you. So if you’re looking for something brand new, or so old it’s new all over again, then this is the book for you!" more...

The Penguin Book of Puzzles
Can You Solve My Problems

The Second Best Puzzle Book (in my opinion)

I also received this book as a present and was similarly impressed with the range and depth of the content and the amount of detail in the answer section.

"The bestselling author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland tells the story of the puzzle through 125 of the world's best brainteasers. Packed with eye-opening anecdotes, brain-stretching ideas and thoroughly addictive puzzles Can You Solve My Problems? will leave you wonderstruck." more...

Casio fx350ES Plus Calculator

This is the scientific calculator that I currently carry around for day-to-day calculations. It is ideal for GCSE and other Secondary school mathematics. It has a Visually Perfect Algebraic Method (V.P.A.M.) screen which allows the entering of equations in a way which fractions and square roots are displayed in the way they would normally be written.

This is one of the calculators featured in the Calculator Workout activity. more...

Casio Classwiz Calculator

There is currently a lot of talk about this new calculator being the best in its price range for use in the Maths classroom. The new ClassWiz features a high-resolution display making it easier to view numerical formulas and symbols but it isn't a graphical calculator as such (it has the capacity to draw graphs on your smart phone or tablet, via a scannable QR code and an app).

As well as basic spreadsheet mode and an equation solving feature you also get the ability to solve quadratic, cubic or quartic polynomial inequalities and the answer is given just as it should be written down, using the correct inequality symbols!

This calculator has a high-performance processor and twice the memory of previous models ensuring speedy operation and superior computational power.more...

TI Graphic Display Calculator

This handheld device and companion software are designed to generate opportunities for classroom exploration and to promote greater understanding of core concepts in the mathematics and science classroom. TI-Nspire technology has been developed through sound classroom research which shows that "linked multiple representation are crucial in development of conceptual understanding and it is feasible only through use of a technology such as TI-Nspire, which provides simultaneous, dynamically linked representations of graphs, equations, data, and verbal explanations, such that a change in one representation is immediately reflected in the others.

For the young people in your life it is a great investment. Bought as a present but useful for many years to come as the young person turns into an A-level candidate then works their way through university. more...

iPad Air

The analytics show that more and more people are accessing Transum Mathematics via an iPad as it is so portable and responsive. The iPad has so many other uses in addition to solving Transum's puzzles and challenges and it would make an excellent gift for anyone.

You have to hold iPad Air to believe it. It’s just 7.5 millimeters thin and weighs just one pound. The stunning Retina display sits inside thinner bezels, so all you see is your content. And an incredible amount of power lies inside the sleek enclosure. So you can do so much more. With so much less. more...

Before giving an iPad as a Christmas gift you could add a link to iPad Maths to the home screen.

Aristotle's Number Puzzle

It’s a bit of a tradition to give puzzles as gifts to nieces and nephews. This puzzle is ideal for the keen puzzle solver who would like a challenge that will continue for many years.

This number puzzle involves nineteen numbers arranged into a hexagon. The goal of the puzzle is to rearrange the numbers so each of the fifteen rows add up to 38. It comes in a wooden style with an antique, aged look.

Keep mathematics in your life with this reasonably priced gift. more...

Aristotle's Number Puzzle

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