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Mathematics Matters Lesson Accounts 55 - Revision Session

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Mathematics Matters Lesson Accounts
A collection of memorable mathematics lessons that conference and colloquia delegates had observed or taught which they felt were successful.  Each account refers to one or more of the values and principles in the report.

Lesson Account 55 - Revision Session

Written by Teresa Kent
Organisation Wilberforce College
Age/Ability Range Further Maths – aged 16-18

How was the session/task introduced?
The students had finished the D2 module and needed a revision session based on looking at past paper questions.

The students were sorted into 4 groups of 3.  for each of the 6 modules in this unit, the students were allowed to write 2 useful ‘hints’ which would help them with each question.

Each group was given a past paper question and using their hints, had 5-10 mins to work on the problem.  There was a 1 min. warning. (Count down tune used). Then they had to move the question onto the next group who continued to build a solution.

How was the session/task sustained?
Each group used a different coloured pen, so they could identify who had done each section. (When the final solution was put on the board, the students were very proud of the amount of work each had done on each problem).

The students were able to look through each others work, and had to follow the process used in order to continue with the solution.

Discussion took place with each group but was not allowed between groups.
Students had to make decisions as to what to do if errors in previous groups’ working were spotted.

Would the examiner be able to follow their method?

Students could comment about each others way of showing solutions.

A lot was learnt about clearly showing process.

Students realised that some ‘hints’ were better than others.

How was the session/task concluded?
What did they need to revise or look at more carefully?  Lots of discussion

What were the critical moments?
No answer

What mathematics was learnt?  (on plan and off plan) and what is the evidence of learning?

No answer

How was that mathematics learnt?
No answer

Other memorable outcomes
No answer

Part-paper questions enlarged, cut up and stuck onto sugar paper.
Coloured felt-pens.
Countdown timer (optional but good fun!)


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Values & Principles

Awareness of the nature and values of educational system
Builds on the knowledge learners already have
Exposes and discusses common misconceptions and other surprising phenomena
Makes appropriate use of whole class interactive teaching, individual work and cooperative small group work
Encourages reasoning rather than ‘answer getting’

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