I came across this activity thanks to the wonders of twitter, and Jim Noble (@inthinker). He tweeted the details of one of the activities on a site that he co-authors, www.teachmathematics.net. The activity was about creating a fairground to look at probability and can be found here. I thought it sounded like great fun and had a lot of mathematical thought and discussion to. This article, what will look at how the lessons went, what happened and a little evaluation.
We have a problem amongst our year 12 and 13 students; they all lack the same skills. As a cohort they found it incredibly difficult to teach themselves, to be reflective and to ask helpful questions. Too often they got stuck, gave up and said nothing – just expecting the answers to be given to them. As a department, we realised that something had to be done as we were failing our students; they were not prepared to take the next steps at university and did not know how to make the jump from GCSE to A Level.
I piloted a scheme to fix this problem. My pilot scheme used one topic of the C1 course, which was broken down to help students learn for themselves. This unit was based on principles taken from video games.