Creative Maths Activities for Able Students: Ideas for by Anne Price

By Anne Price

Discovering stimulating and difficult maths actions for capable scholars in a mainstream school room could be challenging for the busy instructor, particularly if maths isn't your specialism.

Based on her event as a sophisticated talents instructor and LEA advisor, Anne fee explains the problems and theories surrounding the schooling of capable scholars and hyperlinks those to functional, artistic examples for use within the school room.

Useful assets comprise:

- Photocopiable fabrics,

- suggestion on diversified instructing styles,

- actions and initiatives for people, teams or the total class

GATCOs, Numeracy specialists, studying help academics and pupil and sophistication lecturers trying to find new and artistic methods of training maths actions to capable scholars will locate this e-book invaluable.

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By contrast these words from Laurie Angus (1993) draw a very different picture: … educational practice is conceived of in a particularly mechanical way … it is the bit between ‘input’ and ‘outputs’. It is seen largely as a set of techniques … Practice is imposed rather than negotiated or asserted: it is a set of techniques to be employed by teacher technicians on malleable pupils. : 337) This is an image of schools as education factories with production lines set out to construct identical products.

It is probably most suitable for the lower end of the age range. This solution is rapidly obtained using summation. Team 1 85 76 112 79 106 Team 2 79 109 87 85 98 458 458 If possible, the initial task could be followed up by students using their own data obtained directly or from databases. It might, for instance, be interesting to introduce an acceptable percentage difference in team weights or to consider rope length. QXD 17/3/06 8:56 am Page 53 Tug of war Sailing ships need teams of people with strong arms and upper body strength to pull on the ropes to adjust the sails.

We need to present learning as a journey that does not always result in an immediate correct response and does not always have an unbroken straight line between start and finish. Gifted students may have had no previous experience of any wrong turns or dead ends so at an early stage of their learning will need reassurance that seemingly blind alleys may ultimately lead to more exciting destinations. We all know of gifted students who are devastated by failing their driving test, the first examination situation in which they have not succeeded.

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