There’s not a great amount of resources online for IB maths at the moment – but I’ve grouped together a list of resources and ideas that should be useful for both IGCSE and IB:
The Secondary Mathematics section on TES has about 60,000 maths resources to download. As well as searching for content, check out Mr Barton’s Resource of the Week (older series here ) which takes you through some fantastic ideas.
2) Maths Blogs
A brilliant way of connecting with great maths teachers from around the world, these blogs have a huge number of resource and subject ideas.
Number Loving is both a blog and resource bank run by 2 UK teachers, it hosts a large amount of lesson content and is a fantastic resource.
Matheminute is an amazing maths blog – absolutely packed full of interesting lesson ideas for extra-curricular maths.
Teaching Mathematics is a really thought provoking and well designed blog with a lot of lesson content ideas and also reflection on teaching practice.
Great Maths Teaching Ideas does what its name suggests, providing a massive number of teaching ideas – helpfully sorted into relevant areas of maths.
Math and Multimedia is another brilliant blog – which contains a huge amount of ideas and resources for using ICT in maths lessons. There are comprehensive Geogebra tutorials as well as information on using wikispace, Wolfram, and creating your own blogs. All this and a large, indexed collection of maths posts.
GFSMaths contains some great lesson ideas and a lot of visual content from lessons
Mr Barton Maths has a comprehensive list of both maths blogs and websites
IB Maths Stuff – This is a great resource with free lesson notes on a large number of IB SL topics. It’s really well designed and well worth a look.
3) Maths Week
A chance to have whole school events linking into maths. Lesson ideas:
1) Code breaking resource pack and Code breaking lesson plan:
2) Modelling asteroid impacts
3) Bridge building lesson plan
Other ideas for a whole school activity – Pi memory challenge, whole school quiz, maths careers day.
4) Maths Quizzes (Jeopardy)
One of my favourite resources is Jeopardy. For those not familiar with the game (I think it’s American), it’s a gameshow, where you get to choose questions of different levels of difficulty, from a range of categories. I downloaded the template from TES – it’s a ready-made powerpoint which you can click on to take you to relevant questions, and then another click returns you to the home screen. The class can be split into teams, each team given a whiteboard and (say) 2 minutes to answer a question. Teams with the correct answer get those points for their teams. The challenge round adds a bit more excitement – and you can add any general questions or puzzles – such as dingbats or memory challenges (memorise pi to 10 places etc).
The great thing about this resource is that you can easily edit it to create your own versions, it’s a really popular game with students, allows team work and works really well as an end of topic revision activity.
5) Maths website (Departmental, individual)
See this website for an example of a personal site – aimed at both students and teachers. For an example of a site for students – this is a template design
6) Flipping Maths:
Flipping Maths is a teaching method which allows students to study the lesson content for homework – and then to use the time in class to work through questions that would have usually been set for homework. This method also gives students access to great revision material for each topic. I have gone through the IB Higher level, Standard level and Studies syllabus and added video content to cover every topic. Access Flipping Maths Videos here
7) Functional Maths:
Functional maths is a good way of introducing real life maths into the classroom (this particular site is aimed at KS3)
8) Maths ToK
Maths ToK (Theory of Knowledge) is a really fantastic opportunity for:
1. Providing varied 10 minute starter material at the beginning of lessons to stimulate students’ interest in maths.
2. Providing a wealth of resources for students interested in writing about mathematics for their ToK essays.
3. Providing ideas and resources for teachers giving any ToK lectures on mathematics.
4. Providing ideas about future careers involving mathematics
You can access a syllabus plan which links the new IB HL and IB SL syllabus to a huge wealth of ToK ideas and resources.
9) Maths Stocks and Shares Challenge
A great way of running a whole school competition and also introducing real life financial maths and maths careers. Resources here
10) Graphics Calculator Guide for TI-84
The Ti-83/84 series seems to be currently the most popular in schools – though isn’t especially intuitive. I’ve made 3 separate student guides (for HL, SL and Studies) to be given to students as a reference tool for all the things they need to be able to do. You can download here.
11) Maths Tarsia
Maths Tarsia are one of the best group activities for maths. I’ve uploaded 14 Tarsia specifically for IB here . There include:
HL or SL:
There are also already a large number of Tarsia puzzles on TES Secondary Maths Resources but most of these relate to A level rather than IB so may need a little editing.
12) Making Statistics Relevant
Making Statistics Relevant is a brilliant website from the same creator as the RISPS resources – Jonny Griffiths. Each statistics topic has an extension task created to get students using their problem solving skills. Topics covered include measures of central tendency, probability, discrete random variables, poisson distribution, binomial distribution, normal distribution and chi squared. Great for providing varied non-textbook material and for stretching gifted and talented students.
13) Data Handling for IB Maths Studies or SL
This is a really nice worksheet and associated powerpoint for collecting a variety of data from the class – measuring reaction times, memory, head circumference etc etc. Everything is easily laid out ready for students to fill in. Would also be suitable for IGCSE, and even KS3.
14) SRWhitehouse Worksheets
SRWhitehouse has provided a massive number of high quality worksheets on IB (and A level) topics – there’s a huge number of worksheets to choose from, everything from trig graphs to proof by induction to logs to binomial expansion, it’s all been done. A massive help when it comes to generating additional non-textbook resources.