Inquiry maths offers students a prompt and asks them to investigate. They are always rich tasks and suitable for all abilities. Using inquiry maths over this year for my year 7 class has made my students into active learners who are fearless and methodical when attacking a problem. This article looks at how to present results from these tasks. Follow @inquirymaths for more from the creator, Andrew Blair.
Marking Pro forma
The first method that I used to guide students was a success criteria guide. They presented group findings as either a poster or as a booklet of work. I then marked it and started a dialogue for how to improve. This was a good way to start as it clearly set out expectations and gave students a foundation for the next inquiry.
I found that students didn't show a neat version of their working and instead were too hung up with finding "the answer". I wanted my class to understand that a lot of the value of a investigation comes from the failures, so I forced them to include things that didn't work out as well as hypotheses that did! The student work below shows the poster for the steps inquiry and the presentations created from the other guide.
The guided posters are for these inquiries:
My class used the 24 x 21 guide to create power points (shown as slides above). These were then presented to the class in 2 minutes or less and recorded. These recordings were then attached to the presentation images using Aurasma (see earlier blog post) and put on display. This was a good way to discuss how to present maths in a concise way. It also helped to highlight the importance of explaining methodology.
Student work is coming for this category, my class are using piktochart now to create presentations! Piktochart is a free website (with further purchasing options) which allows for the easy creation of pretty infographics. The design pictured was my attempt, and took about 40 minutes (it was my first try on this software). It is easy to input graphs, pictures and text and its really easy to align things so that the presentation is very professional.
The inquiry for the piktochart is not on inquiry maths, if anyone knows its author, please comment!
*EDIT* Piktochart work is now live! Here are some links: