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Episode 6 – Motivating and challenging students with Tom Rainbow

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Hello and welcome to Digging for the why – the podcast for maths teachers of Years 5-8 looking at continuity and why we need to dig for the why in our lessons.

In this episode, Alison and Andy are joined by a special guest, Tom Rainbow (@CoreMathsTom). Together they discuss the following:

Tom’s thoughts on challenging and motivating students

Andy’s son passes the Men In Black interview process

Do we help students awareness of what they know and don’t know?

  • Teachers should model thinking in class
  • Whose responsibility is it to embed problem-solving time in lessons?
  • Does a schools’ vision for maths impact on what happens in the classroom?
  • How do I plan a lesson as a new teacher that can challenge and motivate students and it doesn’t wear me out by half term?
  • Using ‘I wonder’ and ‘I notice’ statements to engage and motivate
  • Teachers owning the lesson but still letting the students have space to explore and discover

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Your hosts

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Andy Lumley


Alison Hopper


Our intro/outro was produced by a talented young creative – check out his Soundcloud

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