We've been testing a new feature that enables all our users to rate each other's comments.

Basically, it is an addition to the mathstick points system - now you can gain points for your comments. Anyone who thinks your comment has been helpful can give you a 'thumbs up' - and you receive 5 points. Read more »

## The Book of Awesome

Clearly this is not maths - but I couldn't resist sharing it.

True story... I first learned about this when I stumbled upon a TED Talk, "The Three A's of Awesome" (see the clip, below). The talk by Neil Pasricha was so utterly captivating I forgot what I was originally searching for! It's a wonderful 18 minute experience. The talk led me to the book and then to the blog... and then there was no stopping! Read more »

## Face Co-ordinates Game

There are numerous effective ways of practising using grid references and co-ordinates. This one is based on the game of battleships. However, unlike battleships, this game involves an element of luck (through the use of two specific dice). This additional element means that all children have a chance of winning. Read more »

## Times Tables with a Counting Stick

This is a wonderful example of teaching techniques using a counting stick. This video, taken from a lecture at Bath Spa University, shows Jill Mansergh helping a group of trainee teachers learn the 17 times table. The 17 times table is demonstrated to ensure that the trainees are outside their 'comfort zone' and go through the learning process, in a similar fashion to most children.

## Calculation Strings

We feel quietly confident that you are going to love this one!

This activity started off as a bingo-type mathematics game, but when we started playing around with it we saw a whole new world of possibilities. The focus is on giving children plenty of varied opportunities to develop their understanding of the order of operations in calculations. Read more »

## Number Scramble

This is a great activity to encourage children to think about (and create) number rules. The focus is on practising calculations and identifying number patters.

Ask the children to work in pairs, give each child one of the Scrambled Number* sheets. Read more »

## 5 Digit Window Frames

A number of you have asked for a refinement to our ever-popular random number generator, the 2 Digit Window Frame resource. Some wanted smaller digits (the physical size of the font), while others wanted more options to work with larger numbers (more than 2 digits).

Firstly, thank you for the suggestions; and here's our new Window Frame resource. Read more »