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Secondary Maths - Collaborative Memory

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Summary

An innovative lesson planning idea for exploring equations with secondary students in an active Key Stage 3 mathematics lesson.

Maths teacher Susanne Mallett, at Comberton Village College, demonstrates a simple memory game she uses to encourage her Year 8 pupils to work together, exploring mathematical equations.

Pupils from each group have four 15-second opportunities to look at and 'memorise' a printed sheet of related diagrams and equations. The groups then have to reproduce the information they've seen on the sheet for themselves.

The principle behind the activity is that the sheet is easier to reproduce by using mathematical insight than by trying to remember the whole thing 'cold'.

Susanne feels that with clear behaviour ground rules, her pupils enjoy active lessons like this and it's a technique she finds works well with a wide range of age groups and mathematical topics.

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