My Mr-Barton-Maths podcast 16 September 19
Some thoughts on maths, puzzles, parenting and cricket.
The Importance of Humour in Maths 12 July 19
GCSE examiners are discouraged from including any humour in their questions. The unintended consequence is humour-free maths lessons.
16% of 25? Easy! 21 May 19
A regulation percentage calculation went viral recently. Last week a teenager called me a genius for being able to work this out in my head.
Manipulative 16 February 19
Another bit of teacher jargon that is being imposed on children.
The Alfred Hitchcock Lesson 16 March 18
When schools have a special themed day, it's often a bit worthy or dull. But here's the story of how a school added mystery and suspense to the classroom.
The Chicken Pie Problem 6 November 17
GCSE examiners have been told to include tougher problems in exams. But the result is often problems that bear little relation to real life problem solving.
I was sharing the joy of maths... 7 May 17
We all make mistakes in maths. And that's fine, really it is. But there are some mistakes I could do without.
To stream or not to stream 6 December 16
Faced with a choice of sending your child to a school that streams or one that doesn't, what would you do?
Let's hear it for Arithmeticians 4 October 16
Is it time to reinstate 'Arithmetician' as a skill that has high status.
He loved his parents, The Queen and Superman 1 September 16
The so-called 'Bodmas' rule for which order you should do calculations causes more trouble than it's worth.
The SATs Fiasco 12 May 16
As children in primary school take their so-called SATs, there's confusion and misinformation all over the place
Mathematical magic 17 March 16
If you have one minute to get somebody engaged with maths, what do you do?
Hannah's Sweets 6 June 15
The maths GCSE question about Hannah's Sweets was tricky, but the level of media coverage was out of all proportion.
What can the Chinese learn from us? 1 December 14
English schools are discovering some highly effective teaching methods from the Chinese. But what can the Chinese learn from us?
How to Teach Maths 4 February 14
If exams didn't exist how would I teach maths? And what maths would I teach?
What's the maths difference between boys and girls? 24 January 14
Segregating boys and girls for a lesson had some interesting results.
Three Sevenths 18 November 13
Primary school children deserve the chance to discover how to turn fractions into decimals
Meta Blog 5 April 13
I've had three blogs published in The Times and Guardian recently. More details here...
IN PRAISE OF THE OVERHEAD PROJECTOR 10 February 13
There was a time, maybe as recently as ten years ago, when every office and school had cupboards full of overhead projectors. Then came Powerpoint and Smartboards, and most institutions happily threw out these space-hungry devices.