Tes Maths ROTW: Clumsy Clive averages sheet

Craig Barton
25th September 2017

Challenge pupil’s misconceptions about averages and range with this Clumsy Clive worksheet, from alutwyche

What is it?

I am a little bit obsessed with Clumsy Clive tasks. A series of worksheets covering a wide range of topics, this particular exercise focuses on averages and range.

The premise is simple. Students are presented with a series of questions that have been answered inaccurately by another ‘student’ named Clive. Challenged to correct Clive’s mistakes, pupils are forced to identify and explain the incorrect methodology used, in turn helping to resolve any of their own lingering misconceptions.

How can it be used?

I’d recommend introducing these exercises once learners are comfortable with the basics. That way you can ensure that they benefit fully without risking confusion.

Why not test pupil’s end-of-topic understanding, or recap baseline knowledge of previously covered themes with these sheets? With so many possibilities, you’ll soon see why I love Clumsy Clive!


Craig Barton was speaking to Victoria Haughton. He is a secondary maths teacher in the north of England.
 

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