Experiments in mastery… rigour is a vital component…

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Define a mastery approach to teaching maths. That’s a tough task. Whilst there are many elements that could be debated, I hope we’d all agree that rigour is a fundamental component.

In our maths dept at Wyvern College, we’ve started focussing recently on understanding strategies and approaches to incorporate high levels of rigour into our resources. We’re still in the very early stages, but I would like to share with you a work-in-progress resource I’ve produced in anticipation that readers of Great Maths Teaching Ideas will be able/willing to give us feedback on it.

Click here to download a worksheet activity I’ve put together on the topic of fractions of an amount. It’s still a draft and unfinished, but the majority of the content is there.

Could I please encourage you to have a go at the questions yourself because if you do you’ll see that I’ve put a lot of thought into the sequencing and the ulterior learning motive behind each one. Particularly in the fluency section, the questions all serve a purpose towards deepening students’ understanding of the concept in a different way. By twisting, reversing and stretching the concept in many different ways I hope to have created an activity that has high levels of rigour and that would help students achieve a high level of mastery if they fully engaged with it.

I will go into detail on the planning approach and the thinking behind the resource another time, but for now, I’d really appreciate some feedback on:

  • overall impressions of the resource’s usefulness
  • whether you would use the resource (when it is finished) with your own classes? If so, which ones?
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the resource
  • do you have any suggestions of things I’ve missed that could increase the rigour of the resource?

Thanks in anticipation. Please leave feedback in the comments box below.

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