February 12, 2011

Session on further maths with RwP

I learnt how to make a 3d origami cubes today. A plenary to the idea of matrices. Was so much fun. I remember how hard I used to find matrices and now I’m thinking I cannot believe how easy they are. I have no idea why on earth it didn’t make sense to me so many years ago. Blah. Least I know it now. Am thinking at some point I should try and do my further maths A Level….passing thought.

The idea emphasised today was that we should try to approach maths in a different way. Finding clues, solving puzzles, improving general knowledge…

Was a lot of fun however I think some may have misinterpreted the motive behind it? I’m thinking that actually it won’t be as easy as it was made out today. If I were going to plan an activity where pupils are looking for answers or solving things, they would have to be working on questions that really enhance their understanding of a topic or concept. It seems to me that is where the in depth planning should be. So that the topic can be applied to real life and pupils can actually take something from it. It could so easily go wrong, but if it went right, the benefits would be immense =D looking forward to trying this in some of my lessons.

Actually I’m quite liking this level of creativity that is being encouraged. I do hope schools accept this and aren’t solely results focused (which I kind of think they are). Once all my admin work is done, for PP2, I’m going to make sure I plan some seriously fun things. And even if they go wrong I will not be phased but I will learn from it and keep trying until I get it right! 

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