Maths - Resource of the week - Thoughts and Crosses

30th March 2012 at 01:00

I have always been a fan of the theory behind Bloom's Taxonomy of different ways of learning, but it can be hard to translate these ideas into practical resources. That, however, is just what DaveGale's "Thoughts and Crosses" does.

What is it?

Probability and simultaneous equations are covered in two separate question grids. Each grid has nine questions that explore Bloom's thinking areas: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Pupils must pick three questions from each grid that are in a row, forcing them to tackle different types of question.

Why is it useful?

Because pupils have to answer three different types of question but have a choice of which row to select, the worksheets pass responsibility back to the learner. But there is no easy option - every learner will be challenged. Moreover, DaveGale includes easy-to-edit templates, so these grids can be adapted for any topic area.

Craig Barton is a TES subject adviser.

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