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Maths resource of the week 26

Each week Craig Barton, creator of, picks out a TES maths resource that has caught his eye and records a short video about it. These videos will attempt to explain why Craig likes the resource, and offer up a few ideas about how it might be used in the classroom. If you have watched the video, downloaded the resource, and then used it in a lesson, it would be fantastic if you could return to this page to share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments section below, or to simply pass on your thanks to the author!

To access all the Resources of the Week from this year, and the archived collection from last year, just click on the links at the bottom of the page. And if you've spotted a resource that you feel not enough people know about, then just drop me an email.

One area of maths that many students seem to struggle with is the concept of averages. It's not just a case of how we work out the mean, median and mode, but why do we do it? When is the median better to use than the mean? How does the range come into things? Any resource that helps students get to the bottom of these important concepts is alright with me! This lovely, simple resource does just that. Students are challenged to make the case for who which of five contenders should win the prize for best overall exam performance. High level discussions about the merits of the various measures should ensue, and students understanding of averages should increase significantly.

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