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Final PGCE observation!! Please help

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by cys2017, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Hi guys
    I have a observation soon teaching Functional skills level 2 maths.
    I'm not really that confident with teaching maths. Has anyone got any suggestions on any topics that are easier to break down and explain to students?
  2. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

    Which subject is your PGCE in?
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  3. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    I'm doing the general pathway for FE so I can be expected to teach anything. My undergraduate degree is in youth work, so that is my specialism. However on my course we were made aware that we might be asked to teach functional skills English and Maths. My observation (last one) will be in maths. It's not really my strong point so was wondering if anyone has any ideas on topics that are fun to teach for Functional skills level 2
  4. MacGuyver

    MacGuyver Occasional commenter

    It might be an idea to post in the FE forum as well, I don't know how many regulars here are familiar with FE functional skills. Do you have a mentor you can ask as well?
  5. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    I don't really feel comfortable asking my university mentor as she doesn't really pass on the vibes that she wants to help me. I will post in the FE thread too , thanks.
  6. Maths_Shed

    Maths_Shed Occasional commenter

    Have you had a good look at the past papers, FS is typically taking some real life information and getting them to do some budgeting. Organising a holiday, planning a kitchen, cooking a meal including costs, cooking times etc. If the lesson is long enough you could put them into groups, give them something to plan and then have each group present their solutions to the other groups. If it is a one off I'd choose something close to their hearts that they would become engaged with - their phones.

    There is a link to a lesson plan below which I'd have a look at but try use up to date tariffs as the information will have changed massively and they'll probably be very aware of rates. There are a number of lesson plans on this site and elsewhere so have a look at a few.

    It's also worth bearing in mind what the class is like, any students weak in English might struggle with some elements of Level 2 Maths.

    Best of luck


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