Ideas for teaching tricky secondary maths concepts

Dr Colin Foster looks at specific areas of secondary maths that are often tricky to teach and shows how you can tackle them in your classroom

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Part 1
Part 1

Expected values in situations that involve probability

When it comes to probability, students may find they come up with the right answer to the wrong question. Use these activities to help them realise their mistakes

Part 2
Part 2

Successive percentage increases and decreases

Understanding how successive percentage increases and decreases work can be tricky – try using these activities to help students comprehend what is happening

Part 3
Part 3

Applying inclusive definitions to shapes

Understanding how inclusive definitions apply to shapes is difficult. Here's how to use these technical names with confidence

Part 4
Part 4

Adding fractions

Students will often try to add fractions by separately adding the numerators and denominators – this lesson helps them to see why that can't be right

Part 5
Part 5

Understanding indices

Students often misapply the 'rules of indices'. This lesson aims to help pupils rely less on rules and more on understanding

Ideas for teaching tricky secondary maths concepts

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