When planning for a new topic it's important to look at the bigger picture and the journey you may want to take your class on with a topic. I say may because more often than not our best laid plans change and for good reason, however being aware of what they may change to makes it easier to manage. Personally, to do this I used to make lists and sub list of list which then had their own sub lists, as you can see I found this helpful but it sometimes got confusing. Michelle Dunning who is at Acklam Grange School as KS4 lead in maths introduced me to using mind maps to help plan out a topic. This soon speed up my process and helped the connections make sense.
In order to help develop my students problem solving skills I created a second murder mystery, my first murder mystery can be found here. Students were tasked in the first ten minutes of the lesson to practise their graph drawing skills and then discussing what the regions either side of the line represented. As a class we had a group discussion after think, pair, share and discovered how to shade regional inequalities. It was great to be able to allow the students to discover these facts for themselves using their previous mathematical knowledge.
Guest Blog By Bryn LLewellyn
Back in the day when I was a young primary teacher, I used various apparatus to help children develop a greater understanding of numbers and the number system. Armed with boxes of counters, Diennes, cuisenaire rods, multi-link, multi-bond, number lines and 100 squares, I would create problems to be solved and investigations to be erm, investigated.
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The PiXl Maths App is designed around the concept of PLC’s, students identify and work on their own personal areas for development. My class have the slogan “Going Green”, yes this links to recycling campaigns but it also links to what the students need to do. They need to become successful at the skills they aren’t so good at.
I continually tell my students
Don’t be afraid of improving slowly. Be afraid of standing still
This mantra is starting to pay off students are slowly raising the bar of their own expectations each time they achieve and the PiXL app is helping to make these small improvements notable for the students.
Flipped learning within a classroom is something I have been interested in for quite some time. Two years ago as part of a working trio at my old school we decided that flipped learning was a common interest amongst ourselves and we decided to explore its effectiveness and benefit within different subject areas.
Our three subject areas were an eclectic mix of mathematics, computing and science. We met a few times to discuss differing methods in which we could deliver flipped learning and each decided a different route.
Science - Asking students to watch specific video clips from the web.
Computing - Making and designing a mini class website where tasks and videos were uploaded allowing students to interact.
Mathematics – Testing the impact of using video clips designed by myself vs those already available on the internet.
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