Secondary Maths Collection 13 - Projects and Investigations
Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
The new GCSE came into operation across the country in September 2010. Now, I don’t know how you have found it, but in my opinion it is certainly a more challenging, less predictable course than what it replaced. The questions are more open-ended, less structured, and require the students to be more independent thinkers, problem solvers and ultimately better mathematicians. The problem is, of course, that just because the GCSE has changed doesn’t automatically mean that our students have changed, and so they need to be nurtured into becoming these problem solving maestros. The aim of this batch of resources is to help them along the way. It is a mixture of puzzles, problems, projects and investigations which should get students thinking about their maths, making their own lines of enquiry, and hopefully enjoying the work they are doing.
Top 10 Resources:
- A brilliant Excel version of the classic problem, which opens up the possibility of trying it in a computer suite. Students of all ages really enjoy puzzling this one out, and lots of nice mathematics flows from the solution.
- Whilst many schemes of work are unlikely to have Logic as a prescribed topic, spending a couple of lessons working through the Activity document here could provide an enjoyable and worthwhile challenge to your students.
- An excellent series of puzzles on codes, algebra, fractions and sequences that form one big fun mission for students to solve.
- A very popular resource on TES, and it’s not hard to see why. A really fun, practical and engaging project that looks at how the brain works.
- Ngfl produce some top quality resources, and this is no exception. A rich, challenging investigation into how to stack boxes. It’s a lot better than I’m describing it!
- A very nice investigation about one of the world’s most popular pen and paper games.
- One of the most popular resources of all time on TES - 10 outstanding mathematics investigations on a whole host of topics. Well worth revisiting and if you are discovering it for the first time, I am very jealous!
- Another very good puzzle from Ngfl with an Arctic theme!
- Not for the first time in these Collection pages, NRICH gets a mention. A truly wonderful sight with outstanding puzzles and investigations. This is one of my favourites.
- Not only are Collective Memory activities excellent teaching resources, they can provide an excellent way of encouraging students to think most deeply about their learning. Show students a Collective Memory (possibly with a deliberate mistake and missing answers like this one) and encourage them to make up their own on given topics. This will provide a worthwhile activity for students, and provide you with lots of extra teaching resources!