The 'Challenge Wall' is something I tried last year with limited success - I kept forgetting to remind students to use it! This year my A Level version is proving much more well-used, especially by those Y12 students who completed the AQA Level 2 Further Maths qualification last year and who are now racing through Core 1. It includes three different packs of problems: currently the bottom rung, and most accessible, are the FMSP's 20 Problems for GCSE Mathematics; the next set up are their Y12 Problem Solving booklets (you may need to be registered to access these fantastic resources); and finally, the top row are the IMOK Key Fob problems.
However, I was keen to add something to it, to make it that little bit more 'high brow'. So, inspired by Ed Southall's alternative number line, I came up with a set of cards to add to it. I used these very successfully as a matching and ordering activity with a class first, before we placed them on the number line together, and I will blog about this separately. For now the file is available here: Number Line Additions.
On the left hand side of the IWB are two fab posters by Jo Morgan (@mathsjem) available for download on her website. I printed them as A3 for maximum impact. What a great pair of quotes! I refer to this one by Matt Parker (@standupmaths), a great deal: "Mathematicians aren't people who find maths easy, they're people who enjoy how hard it is". So true, and so important for students to realise.
Above these is my F🕒CUS clock display with my geeky maths clock :) I first saw this clever idea in a photo that Mike Corbett (@Corbettmaths) posted of his classroom a couple of years ago.
Then, under all this, at the right hand side of the whiteboard, is my Geek of the Week poster, along with giant purple geek glasses, which all Geeks of the Week get the honour of wearing in recognition of their truly geeky accomplishments! The poster is available for download on my Classroom Display Ideas page.
Finally, there's the Math-y Welcome Banner on the door, another great resource by the wonderfully creative Sarah Carter. And if you fancy saying a bit more, Kim McKee (@MrsKimMcKee), inspired by Sarah, has made an entire maths symbolic alphabet!