Resources for Teachers

This page is designed to help teachers with running the competition at their schools and answer frequently asked questions. If you have any requests, suggestions or feedback on the page, please get in touch (andrew@puzzleoftheweek.com)


How do I get students engaged with the competition?

As ever, feedback and celebration of success are two keys to getting students engaged. Students will receive an email from Puzzle of the Week telling them how they did after each week they enter and teachers also get a live feedback document which generates (amongst other things) two particularly useful things which you can easily share with them:

Random Weekly Winners
Each week one student that submitted an answer from each year group will be randomly selected as a winner (this is automatically done for you). Rewarding the winners each week does a lot to encourage student engagement. Some schools award merits or stamps while The International School @ Park City in Malaysia have even produced custom medals for students.
  Top 10 Leaderboard
You will have a school leaderboard (which can also be filtered by year group) of all the students from your school that have entered. Sharing this with students can really encourage involvement.

  I also want to share the fantastic efforts from maths teacher Jennifer Dickson at Mearns Castle High School in Scotland who shared this photo on twitter (@missdicksonmaths). Jennifer secured funding from the Edinburgh Mathematical Society for the trophy and prizes and awarded this shield to the school's inaugural winner (who also finished top of the world leaderboard!).



How do I easily share this information with the students?


A Display Board


On the right you can see a display board from the early years of Puzzle of the Week. If you click on any of the signs it will give you a pdf of each backing sheet used which you can print out and leave on the board all year long.

Each week you then simply print the updated A4 sheets and then pin them into the middle of the backing sheets.

If anyone has a better display board (can't be too hard) please do send me an image and any files to help share it with others and I'll reference your lovely work.


Teacher Resource Library


 High quality logo

A4 PDF landscape

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7nlVMNcp9RJelRyUW1HNzJEcnc

Printable competition dates 18-19 

A4 PDF portrait

https://drive.google.com/open?id=19nqrvW2oZsyy4Jcep1ywEDnRSlMDJkYM


Printable competition dates 18-19

A4 PDF landscape

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tx5jQ-AHoDlCKgg2ksVYQUBqnv5swZaBrfc9FkVhCCE

High quality logo

PNG image file

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7nlVMNcp9RJeFdxbWpRb0VfZU0/view?usp=sharing


Editable Student Certificate

Google Sheet

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pxf8qc4SfeOkTIqvbSCnH5fa9gp8j4j_PMJsTa5RHIE/edit#gid=0

Editable Student Certificate

Excel file

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7nlVMNcp9RJS24zOUpMaTRuSUU

Blank Student Certificate

A4 PDF portrait

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7nlVMNcp9RJY0lRM1VnSlhBTnc

 
Entry Form QR Code 18-19

PDF file

https://drive.google.com/open?id=17m_rBV0qi8vUif8dKrYu_t0Rg0-I8wSX

  
Entry Form QR Code 18-19

PNG image file

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1f8GDmPD0_WBpvXF5O3JrussP6Zu2OCT4

 
Example Competition Announcement

Google Doc

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EIvK4te9lb0YH4uPNe0I628BdNaenw_i7-FyH-ZnMwA/edit?usp=sharing