Maths teacher Susanne Mallett shows a simple ‘memory’ game she uses to get her year 8 pupils to work together to explore mathematical equations. Pupils from each group have four 15 second opportunities to look at and ‘memorise’ a printed sheet of related diagrams and equations. The groups then have to reproduce the information they’ve seen on the sheet for themselves.
The principle behind the activity is that the sheet is easier to reproduce by using mathematical insight than by trying to remember the whole thing ‘cold’. Susanne, a maths teacher at Comberton Village College, feels that with clear behaviour ground rules, her pupils enjoy active lessons like this, and it’s a technique she finds works well with a wide range of age groups and mathematical topics.