Dare to do Maths differently!
Put the text book away. (Sometimes, at least!)
Get the children thinking, talking and asking questions.
Challenge them with things that don't work and get them to work out why.
Investigation is not just the frilly bit of Maths. It should be at the heart of eveything we do.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Get your least confident children investigating.
Investigating is not just something you should be doing with the bright ones.
Every child explores the world by investigating from the day it is born.
So every child can explore Maths too. It's just about confidence.
Get them started early! Here's a beautiful investigation to help with learning how to add single digits onto two-digit numbers: Number chains and digit wheels
How many fingers?
How many each and altogether?
Welcome to Maths Investigations!
Photocopiable investigations that will give you ideas to get your children asking the 'What if?' and the 'Why?' questions that really drive mathematical understanding.
Online activities that are self-differentiating and self-marking so that children can explore new concepts at their own level and get instant feedback as to whether they are right or wrong.
The online activities are all interlinked, so if you want to you can set your children up with individual accounts and track what they are up to.
Or if you prefer you can just sign up for one account and use it for whole-class teaching.
You'll probably want to give it a whirl first with a single account while you see whether it is for you. This costs you just £15 and gives you access to everything for a whole year - ridiculously good value, when you consider that there are already nearly 150 investigations, more than 100 quizzes and an almost unlimited number of skill check, pattern builder and pair game permutations available. You can upgrade to include more accounts at any point.
Click on the blue button to sign up now...
"The activities are challenging and lesson plans well structured. I feel they have breathed new life into my lessons!" Year 5 co-ordinator, Woodnewton School
"I like the fact that Maths Investigations is unique and different from any other maths site. You have your own goals to work towards which makes you try harder." (L - age 11)
6 Dec - Latest feedback: I like maths investigations because you can do any times table or sum you want. It is absolutely perfect. I think nothing should be changed. (E - age 7)
Tablets are creating a real stir in the classroom. If you are lucky enough to have some of these, don't just use them as playthings. The Maths Investigations online activities are DESIGNED for tablets, and the beauty is that they work on the whiteboard too!
Here are some blog links to get you fired up...
Filming Maths with iPads
Tablet Team Work
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