June 04, 2011

SCT 6 Week 3 – 9 / may / 11

Lesson 1

·     All students can expand brackets

·     Most students can solve linear equations

·     Some can expand brackets and solve equations

Pupil A

1. How to add and subtract in algebra (in brackets)

2. Don’t get distracted

Pupil B

Today I did not really learn anything. I did not understand the last two questions, it was too complicated

Pupil C

Pupil C was wound up as soon as he entered the room and had to be removed.

Lesson 2

·     I know there are different types of averages

·     I can work out Range and Mode

·     I can work out the Median

·     I can work out the Mean


Pupil A

I know there are different types of averages like mode is most often and range is largest - smallest

Pupil B

Today I have reached all of my learning objectives and the lesson went well. When there is two median you add them and then divide by 2!! Mean is add them all together and divide by how many numbers there are.

Pupil C

=D mean

=D median

=D range

Lesson 3

·     I can work out the Range and Mode

·     I can work out the Median

·     I can work out the Mean


Pupil A

For Median put all the numbers in order and see which the middle number is.

Pupil B

It was easy lesson. I can work out range and mode and median and mean

Pupil C


Lesson 4

·     Finding the mean, mode, median and range of sets of data


Pupil A

I can work out the mean with another pupil

Pupil B

I am quite comfortable doing grade C GCSE questions

Pupil C

I did GCSE work

This week saw us move away from Algebra and on to Averages.

The first lesson of the week was to tie all the algebra work together and was differentiated enough to allow those who understood the basics to move on to expanding brackets and solving equations at the same time, whilst allowing those who needed more practice on simple equation solving the time to practice and work through their difficulties.

Reflecting on the Algebra topic, the class did well. I have managed to create tasks that are differentiated enough to cater to the variety of needs the class has, and have found that this progression through tasks works well with the class. The majority of them enjoy striving to get to “worksheet 3” for example. 75% of the class were able to work on Level 6 questions and understood why they had to expand brackets, go on to collecting like terms and then solving. This was something I was pleased to see as this week I also taught a year 10 class the same thing and they struggled massively.

The averages topic took longer than I expected. I had been told the class needed a refresher on it and that they would adapt to it quite quickly. The reality turned out differently. Most of them couldn’t recall Median. However by the end of the week I was confident that the majority of the class could successfully use any form of average with data presented in different ways. This did not include continuous data. I am happy to move on to graphs next week.

When I asked the class to see if they could give me an example of a set of 5 numbers that had a mean of 5, I got a variety of correct answers from 16 pupils.

The trouble with this class that I am having is that the remaining 6 pupils regularly have reasons to leave the class at various points and utilize the help they get across the school to leave class and mess around.

Pupil A has worked well this week and refreshed his knowledge on averages. He was keen to ask questions and share his suggestions on when particular averages should be used. He has learnt himself that he works well in pairs and seemed to be really interested in the presentation of data and going on to see how it can be analysed.

Pupil B is always a diligent pupil and takes everything on like a sponge. I was pleased to see her helping her table group out. What I would like from her is a bit more questioning towards why certain procedures work in particular ways rather than just accepting the steps of what to do. I may try to see if I can create a lesson next week where the pupils can specifically tell me something new….

Pupil C managed to make noticeable progress and I found that algebra was a topic he worked well with. He worked especially well when questions were presented to him as GCSE questions. Considering he is on 3 school reports, he enjoys the praise and likes to tell his peers that he is working beyond them. Whilst this worked in the algebra topic, this did not transfer to the Averages topic. By the time it came for him to listen and pick up how to work out different types of averages and when to use each, he felt he was beyond it and stopped concentrating. When given questions that were slightly harder, he struggled and made simple mistakes. 

My target for next week:

try to encourage pupils to come up with reasons themselves as to why certain things happen, and collate these to present to the class, rather than presenting them as fact straight away

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