A Spen teacher has reached the final of a nationwide teaching competition after his online lesson plans have had nearly 500,000 views.
Manoj Mistry, 32, who teaches at Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton, has been shortlisted in the resources contributor of the year category in this year’s Times Educational Supplement’s (TES) Schools Awards.
Mr Mistry, a maths teacher, has had 470,000 downloads of his lesson plans from teaching resource website tes.co.uk, with teachers from as far as America and Singapore downloading his materials.
He said: “I try to make my lessons fun and interactive – I want to show people that they can use maths in their everyday lives.
“I think the most rewarding thing about my lessons being so popular is that I have not advertised them and it is purely through word of mouth.”
The lesson plans, which are downloaded mainly by trainee teachers, include games such as mathsbusters and codebreakers – something he has used in his own lessons to make maths more enjoyable.
He was inspired to give something back to the teaching community and started posting his lesson plans to the site a year ago.
He said: “People have told me that I could charge £1 for each resource I post and I could make a lot of money, but that is not what motivates me.
“I have a young son, and I want him to look back on his dad’s life when he grows up and know I tried to make a difference for people – I want to be a good role model for him.”
The Times Educational Supplement School Awards ceremony takes place on Friday July 5 at the Park Plaza, London, and Manoj is optimistic about his chances.
“I’m looking forward to the event,” he said. “But I have had a lot of downloads, so I will hopefully come home with the award.”