Tagged: literacy

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Learning from linguistics and video games- get the students ‘playing the game’, not ‘reading the manual’

Watch this video featuring Prof James Paul Gee: The points James make in this video are particularly important at present with the increased emphasis being given to problem-solving on the maths GCSE. His insight that giving two students the same resource and it being concrete for one and abstract for another resulting from the differing prior life experiences (or lack...

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Vocab Blitz- improving student literacy

Literacy is every teacher’s fight, no matter what subject we teach, even maths. Textbooks often have keywords and, sometimes, definitions. However, rarely will students learn vocabulary from just these, in my experience; they need to work with the vocabulary. Two activities I tried last year were “keyword bingo” and “taboo words”. In the former you read definitions whilst the students...

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Talk like a book

Don’t accept one word answers! Ever! If you ask ‘what is the name of the quadrilateral that has one pair of parallel sides?’, don’t accept ‘trapezium’ as the answer. Expect a sentence! ‘Trapezium is the name of the quadrilateral that has one pair of parallel sides’. Do this repeatedly until it is classroom culture and habit. A simple way of...

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Wordle- create stunning maths vocabulary displays

I’ve been putting some thought recently to what to do to refresh the displays in my department when the time comes. Wordle.net is a superb tool for creating ‘word clouds’ like the one above. You just paste in some text, (I took mine from a maths vocabulary website) and Wordle does the rest! You can choose the font, colours and...

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Maths Revision Wordsearches

Consolidation of knowledge is an important part of the learning process. Revisiting topics to recap concepts and ideas is vital to prevent acquired knowledge disappearing into the black hole that is the¬†asymptote¬†of the forgetting curve. If pupils can get themselves up to the higher-order thinking skills of being able to summarise a topic, you know they’ve learned it pretty well....