MEDIAN- a stunning blog bursting with rich activities by Don Steward
MEDIAN is written by Don Steward and is quite simply one of the very best maths teaching blogs I have come across. It’s aim is to share maths resource and lesson ideas for teachers of 11-16 year olds. The activities featured on the site are often problem solving based and very engaging. Don describes his interest as ‘finding effective tasks for teaching 11-16 maths’. His suggestions remind me of NRich type activities where pupils are ‘using maths with a purpose’. Rather than solving 10 questions for the sake of it pupils are solving questions to help solve a problem and that makes the activities so much more engaging.
One example of some excellent resources produced by Don are the Practice Makes Perfect Series:
Rather than just provide pupils with 24 questions to help them with their revision, these resources give you lots of options as a teacher to do something more engaging. For example, using the grid of questions above you can turn it into a game of ‘4 in a line’ where pupils are split into two groups and compete against each other choosing questions and highlighting them in their team’s colour to win by getting 4 in a line.
Another brilliant resource is fibonacci sequences and equations which introduces concepts in algebra such as variables, sequences and equation solving but in a way that hooks pupils as they try to figure out the maths behind the magic happening around them.
MEDIAN is regularly updated and top read. Highly recommended.