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Discussion in 'Primary' started by lizzii_2008, May 21, 2011.

  1. lizzii_2008

    lizzii_2008 New commenter

    I have to teach a 20 minute session on problem solving with money and I have selected the learning objective already but have 2 really different lesson ideas...
    1. A maths trail where children will be have to solve word problems and I might add a competitive nature and have them crack a code, so add an element of competition.
    or
    2. A maths investigation but I don't think I'd be doing much teaching as such in an activity like this but I would aim to make it relevant and purposeful to the children.
    What do you think?
     
  2. I have a very similar task at an interview this week. 20 minutes for a number lesson of my choice.
    I'm leaning towards an investigation as I think the children will get more out of it in such a short time. But I also have the same concern about how much actual teaching i will be able to do in the time given. A colleague of mine is a numeracy lead teacher and she advised a mini investigation in such a short time.
    Circulating the room and scaffolding understanding with groups and individuals will demonstrate your teaching ability to the observer.
    Hope this helps
     
  3. lizzii_2008

    lizzii_2008 New commenter

    Thanks for your reply!
    That's a very good point about circulating the room and scaffolding - although I've just been informed the class I am working with are of a very low ability so I am wondering whether or not they will have the necessary skills to manage an investigation.
    Then again I have the same worry for their reading skills if I give them a maths trail to complete!
    I've got some tough decision to make!
     

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