Dan Meyer has a great point here: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html
We should be less helpful as teachers. Our students are spoonfed pretty much everything they do in maths, and it’s made them overly dependent. How many time have you been frustrated by a student who has just come straight up to ask how to do something, without even trying it first?
I thought it might be good to collate a bunch of tasks where we just give students a starting point, hopefully something that will intrigue them, and then just watch them go!
I’ve begun a collection of these tasks, and using the truly astonishingly splendiferous (yes, I made this word up) iBooks Author, I have put them together in a book. I’ve got 7 tasks so far (with extensions) but here it is:
****UPDATED VERSION**** Thanks to all who have made suggestions – still a work in progress 🙂
FYI: 473 sweets in the jar – will add that into next update (run out of energy…!)
There is also an iBooks version, but wordpress won’t support me sharing that type of file. Once it’s finished, I’ll upload it onto the iBooks store for all of you lucky enough to have an iPad to teach with 🙂
The final version will have an index etc, so you can easily get to certain tasks, even in the pdf version.
I’m fairly imaginative, but I don’t think I can think of all the best ideas for this all on my own. There are lots of you lovely clever teachers out there reading this that will have been thinking ‘I’ve got a great task for that!’, and I’d like to
beg invite you to share them with me/us.
If you have a task to contribute, please pop it in a comment, or email me here: http://www.ilovemathsgames.com/Contact.html and I’ll do my best to add them all in.
I will regularly update the pdf version here, so you can keep up-to-date. Once I think we’ve got enough, I’ll finalise it, and set up a page where you can download it (for free) and add it to the iBooks store (also free), and we can share it with the world 🙂