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Bare Faced Maths

Videos and tools for confidence through understanding.
Self-marking exercises for enjoyment through practice.

The concept under development:

No bells, no jumping frogs (though you CAN collect e-stickers if you want them!), no sideshows to take up unnecessary time - just utterly fascinating and infectiously absorbing Bare Faced Maths!

Maths teachers (mainly one teacher) design exercises so that you know EXACTLY which topics you are trying to master, and EXACTLY how you will do it!

There will be several downloadable learning programmes, on worksheets. Each one splits up the New National Curriculum for Mathematics in England and Wales (2017) by either Year Group or topic. Once you have downloaded and personalised the table that best suits your or your child's learning needs, follow the links for the topic and level you wish to understand first. There you will find videos explaining how to use the interactive resources to help you work through the given self-marking exercises in Excel. Note: eventually, they should also be optimised for Open Office/LibreOffice as well as MS Excel Online or apps!

Once you have completed and saved an exercise, you reopen your learning programme and rate your current understanding of that topic. Your personal portfolio will thus contain a series of workbooks that you can review to see how much progress you have made! If you are a techie type, you could even get fancy and accumulate them all into a growing pdf book!

Each programme will contain single-task exercises designed to build up your 'toolbox' of Maths skills, interspersed with multi-task exercises to build your ability to PICK the right Maths skills in an increasingly efficient manner, to solve more complex problems.

Addition Practice

The toolkits:

Some of the kinesthetic aids are designed to be used on PCs or tablets and some are physical resources you can make at home. None of them should be expensive to use and they are ALL designed by Maths teachers with many years of experience helping students with a wide variety of learning styles. Most exercises offer a variety of different options that will suit different people's brains, ages and experience. Watch each video from start to finish before deciding which one(s) will suit you best RIGHT NOW. You may find a different aid works better for you next time you try it!

As with any learning tools, the idea is that you should progress through the following stages, as your understanding and confidence grow:

  • Using the tools to WORK OUT the answer to each question
  • PREDICTING the answer then using the tools to CHECK it
  • KNOWING almost all of the answers and just using or imagining the tools when needed

Most people find that by the end of one of these paperless exercises, they are already working towards the last stage!

Numberline in Geogebra

The timetable:

The aim is to build up an online programme for the majority of the Maths Curriculum up to GCSE(H) over the course of the school year 2017-18. Then dive into A-levels next! Obviously, the speed depends on the development time available. This is where YOU can help:

If you like what you have tried so far, please SPONSOR the development of the rest of the programme, either with a single payment to through PayPal, or an ongoing subscription through Patreon.

Alternatively, you can help by visiting the Bare Faced Maths blog or Facebook page and providing feedback on the workbooks you have used, or on how you would like to see the programme shaping in the future. In particular:

  • Would you like to use an online portfolio system like BadgeList, or are you happier keeping your work private until you sit final exams?
  • What would you like as extras for Patreon subscribers (eg free access to online help)?
  • If you used online help, would you prefer Skype, Bramble or another video conferencing platform?

Circle Theorem
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