What is it?
Like most teachers, I love resources that motivate pupils to do a large amount of work! These relay races do just that, covering crucial GCSE exam content through a bit of healthy competition.
With 10 rounds of questions progressing steadily in difficulty, students compete in pairs to finish their worksheets in the fastest time. With questions on everything from brackets to linear equations learners can really put their key algebra skills to the test. And, as the answers are provided, precious minutes are saved on marking.
How can it be used?
While suitable for younger students, this activity makes the perfect revision tool for classes of any age. The structure of these races not only ensures that the basics of algebra are covered, but also allows rounds to be removed with ease, making differentiation simple.
Should the race become a little too hectic, be sure to reward precision rather than speed and penalise cheating, running or other nefarious activities. When it comes to reviewing answers, stretch more-able pupils by providing only the number of incorrect answers. This will encourage them to find the inaccuracies themselves.
Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.
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