Finding stimulating and challenging maths activities for able pupils in a mainstream classroom can be demanding for the busy teacher, especially if maths is not your specialism. Based on her experience as an Advanced Skills Teacher and LEA Consultant, Anne Price explains the issues and theories surrounding the education of able pupils and links these to practical, creative examples to be used in the classroom. Useful resources include: - Photocopiable materials, - Advice on different teaching styles, - Activities and tasks for individuals, groups or the whole class GATCOs, Numeracy Consultants, Learning Support Teachers and Student and class teachers looking for new and creative ways of teaching maths activities to able students will find this book invaluable.

Ideas Just Flow

Ideas just flow

This chapter will provide tasks which may be used as the third stage in encouraging students to take more control over their learning and are therefore even less structured than those in earlier chapters.

Tasks are:

  • Murphy's Law
  • Pyramids
  • Charlie's garden.

In this chapter the student material is designed to stimulate mathematical activity but no precise instructions are given. Students may choose to explore any avenues which are of interest, may work individually or in groups and may present their findings in any way they so choose.

These tasks were used with Year 9 students, aged 13 to 14, and the work produced was completed by the students as homework. This was not ideal but was the only way in which the school ...

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