We have reached that time of the year where panic kicks in. There are only three weeks until the Further Pure 1 exam, and we are still working on the last couple of chapters.
I decided to try to maximise our class time by setting pre-homework. I’ve read about ‘the flipped classroom’, but it’s not something I’ve felt my classes were ready for yet. We have no VLE at the moment, so there is nowhere online I can leave work for them. After an attempt with emailing, I decided I needed a better plan.
I signed up to Edmodo.com, and set up a group for them. I then emailed out the group code, and asked them to sign up. On Edmodo, I have put all the links to revision sites I can find for each topic, a picture of the useful pages in the formula book that they will be given in the exam (useful to know what you don’t need to remember!) and an assignment for the next lesson.
Last week, I set them a couple of videos on the topic of hyperbolas, parabolas and ellipses. There were a couple of random pages, but it was mostly from khan academy.
Khan academy is a site set up so that anyone, anywhere can have access to lessons on all sorts of topics. It seems to cover pretty much everything in maths that I need it to!
The students had to watch the videos before the lesson on Friday, so that they had a head-start on the topic, if nothing else. It then meant that they could get cracking on the work straight away, and I was able to give immediate individual help to those that still needed it, while those that felt confident could make a start, and ask if they got stuck.
They all agree that the videos are useful (although some were more useful than others…), and I think it’s a model we will continue with.
The advantages are that each student can learn at their own pace, and can watch over and over if needed, or stop and rewind, without feeling self-conscious about not getting it as fast as everyone else.
I shall keep you posted about future developments 🙂