Recently, I have been considering how to see more fruit in my classroom. As I mentioned previously, the effort factor is significant. The modern idea that students will (or should?) only engage in activities of interest to them goes against everything they will come up against in the future.
One of the challenges I had this week when students were constructing rectangles and squares using a ruler and set square (drafting triangle) was checking the accuracy of the measurements (sides and angles). I walked around with a ruler and set square checking their drawings.
I found this design on a photocopied worksheet from an old textbook, but I don't know which, so cannot credit.
(If you know the source, please let me know)
Matchbox cars, specifically that brand, have a scale written underneath.
I've always wanted to do something with that.
There are students in my classes for whom no matter what you do, they will not engage. They lack motivation. The motivations I would have had at school: please my parents, work hard out of a sense of duty, do my best to move forward to the next thing, do not exist even a smidge for some students.
I think I just found the activity for the last period on the last day of the year.
Looking at the area of special quadrilaterals, I wanted the class to make the quadrilaterals starting with paper rectangles.
This particularly class, however, struggle with step-by-step instructions. A document camera would be great, but I don't have one.
So I made a set of videos, these had the benefit of being large, on the big screen and something a little different.
Students struggle with this:
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Simon Job — eleventh year of teaching maths in a public high school in Western Sydney, Australia.
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