Staff Development Day Term 3 2012 – The National Curriculum, Feedback, Deeper Thinking & Rich Tasks

National Curriculum and Feedback

This presentation gives an update on the national Curriculum, discusses the importance of feedback as part of the teaching and learning cycle (including a practical example applying feedback to student work).

The content on Feedback was taken from a CLiC presentation – originally by the Curriculum Corporation

Other stuff is below:

Some Deep Thinking

I am using TED-Ed a fantastic initiative from the creators of TED.

They allow a very easy FLIP teaching model for using video to stimulate deep thinking. (Well easy when YouTube is ever unblocked!)

The example we worked through is presented here Kevin Slavin: How algorithms are shaping our world (Join in! – You will need to create an account on TED-Ed)

Some student examples

Bonus Rich Tasks

I have included some rich tasks I have either created (or modified! – thanks to those who came up with the idea initially!) and used in the classroom. Some suggestions about links to the syllabus are provided. The size of the file is next to the link (for the big files!).

NS 4.1  -Operations with Whole Numbers, PAS4.2 Number Patterns

An investigation of the patterns in Pascal’s Triangle including application to real life situation. Extension looks at further patterns.

Pascal’s Triangle Investigation
Pascal’s Triangle  Extension

Pascal’s Triangle Extension Solution
Pascal’s Triangle Template 
 (For those who wish to do the Pascal’s Triangle activity electronically)

DS 4.1 Data Representation, DS4.2 Data Analysis and Evaluation

In this Smarties Project students take a sample from one box and compare it to the whole class’s samples. They then conduct a survey to determine which colours are preferred and make recommendations about how the composition of a box of smarties should be changed to improve sales. As an extension students could design an advertising campaign for the new and improved smarties boxes!

Smarties Project

MS5.1.2 Trigonometry

This is an entire unit that introduces students to trigonometry through investigations using Geogebra. Included are screencasts that explain how to conduct the investigations and how to apply the concepts. I have used it as a Moodle Course  but all the files imbedded in that course are below.

Trigonometry Unit  (Big File 118MB)

Non Linear Functions (PAS 5.2.4, PAS 5.2.5, PAS 5.3.4) – really designed for National Curriculum

This is a unit of work that investigates non-linear functions created for the Curriculum Collaborations Project. It specifically addresses ” Linear Relationships and Non-Linear relationships pages 240-242; Outcomes 5.1.3 and 5.1.6″ – note the page numbers may be incorrect in the second draft of the syllabus.

The unit consisted of 6 activities commencing with some investigative work adapted from “A graphing matter” – Mark Illingworth, into which we explicitly instructed students in Mathematical report writing skills.  Students were also explicitly introduced to 2 visible thinking routines (Project Zero) to promote more explicit discussion about the thinking being undertaken. Specific Geogebra skills were then included in the unit with clear links to investigating the properties of non-linear functions. Final assessment was through an extended task that incorporated the use of skill and content knowledge obtained over the course of the unit.

Non Linear Graphs Unit (13.3 MB)

Angles (SGS 4.2)

An investigation that looks at maximum possible angle for a milk carton to lean before it falls over. This activity has links to fractions, decimals and percentages as well as cross curricula links to science

Leaning of Life

Fractions (part of NS4.3  -but only really an introduction)

Egyptian Fractions