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3 challenge idea maths

Discussion in 'Primary' started by gibboanseo, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Hey,
    I was on an AFL course last week and in passing the trainer mentioned something about people doing 'the 3 challenge maths idea' when mentioning differentiation in maths and lots of other teachers seemed to be familiar with this, so I am trying to find out some more about it.
    Does anyone know what this means or what it is? Is it simply providing what it is you are teaching at 3 different levels and letting the children choose what one to do?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Hey,
    I was on an AFL course last week and in passing the trainer mentioned something about people doing 'the 3 challenge maths idea' when mentioning differentiation in maths and lots of other teachers seemed to be familiar with this, so I am trying to find out some more about it.
    Does anyone know what this means or what it is? Is it simply providing what it is you are teaching at 3 different levels and letting the children choose what one to do?
    Thanks in advance
     
  3. Andrew Jeffrey

    Andrew Jeffrey New commenter

    Hi there- I imagine so. It works quite well, although the first time some children will often chose work that is too hard or easy for them - they soon adjust appropriately though.
    Some schools I know use the labels 'mild', 'spicy' and 'hot' to move away from the 'easy' average' 'hard mindset, and those I have spoken to seem to think it is very effective.
    This can help with those children stuck in the 'fixed mindset' of being 'not that good' or 'the middle group', as they are free to choose their own work, and can see their own progress.
     

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