Connections allows students to take a journey tailored specifically to their individual needs within a lesson. A student can hop off the train and continue attempts to master a skill when needed, before catching the connection to the next station.
Impact lines focus on students number sense and their understanding of directed numbers.
Provide students with or allow the students to create a list of advantages and disadvantages, on a particular concept/ topic . The students then work together and discuss which will have the largest positive and negative impact.
Students have to identify and total key words from the lesson using scrabble blocks. To enhance this you could give students a point score they have to get to with three or more words, or be selective of the letters placed on the board. This is then getting the students to think about which words to choose and practising their basic addition skills.
This is an easy but quick tool to use for mini plenaries and plenaries. I was introduced to the idea by a maths teacher on a visited to Excelsior Academy during my PGCE 2011-12.
Top trumps is a great way for pupils to understand the value of numbers. You can supply the students with categories or allow the students to make up their own. The students then have to give a number to each character/event for each category. The larger the number the better.