I’m Alan Parr, and rather to my surprise I find I’ve been teaching mathematics for more than fifty years now. When I taught my first lessons in 1962 no-one had heard of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, the Queen was still a young woman, and England wouldn’t win the World Cup for another four years.
During that time I’ve worked in primary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools; I’ve been classroom teacher, deputy head, and local authority adviser and inspector. I’ve been a question-setter for KS2 SATs, a QCA Consultant on Assessment, and I’ve been involved in several projects with NRICH.
This blog is an attempt to offer some of my ideas and experiences to a wider audience. In particular, for the last three or four years I’ve been working as a One-To-One tutor, mainly with Y6 pupils, back in the school I first joined in 1977 – and I’ve probably learned as much in that time as I did in my first three or four years teaching!
So you’ll find a lot about One-To-One working on here, but also a lot more besides. There should be lots of lesson ideas, games, a variety of supporting material, and I’ll also indulge myself by writing about some of my heroes, some classroom experiences, and plenty more besides.