"In mathematics what you want is to use the group to
strengthen the effectiveness of what is going on inside your
head. To challenge yourself and to extend what you do.
Essentially at the end of the day what goes on inside your
head is what matters. It is an individual world. It is a
mental world. It is my mental world, I have to operate it".
Before looking at a range
of activities you might use in a group work setting I
would like to bring to your attention this simple idea
which enables the students to easily let the teacher
These are an excellent way to train pupils to read details carefully and work together to discuss their mathematics - Click here
We Can Work it Out - by ATM aimed at Levels 4-5Collaborative Problem Solving in the Mathematics Classroom
This spiral bound photocopiable book contains 25 sets of group problem-solving cards. Each set of cards contains the clues needed to solve a problem as well as some 'red herrings'. It is intended they should be shared out between a small group of children who have to share their clues verbally and solve the problem together.
The UKMT Maths Team Challenges are lively, intriguing papers designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. They are tests of reasoning and mental agility which can be taken without any special preparation or revision. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4500 schools and colleges. - Click here
Based on the TV show, Survivor, itís basically just a twist on collaborative learningÖ a FUN twist! Iíll tell you the official rules of the game in a minute, but let me explain my motivation firstÖ
If I just stand there and lecture, the students will get bored. Also, as you know, math always looks easy when someone else is doing it, so they sit there and think itís easy. They donít think they have to do any homework. They fail.
Boys and Girls in Group Work
paper is a report of work-in-progress on the first stage of
an ethnographic study of students' experiences of
collaborative learning in secondary mathematics classrooms.
One aim of the study was to investigate the interaction of
student gender and the social construction of mathematical
competence in collaborative learning contexts. Students
working in small groups on investigative activities were
observed and videotaped, and key informants interviewed. One
approach to analysing student-student interactions was to
identify the discourses circulating in the classroom and the
subject positions taken up by the students. This helped to
throw light on some of the ways in which power is exercised
within small groups of students working independently of the
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