TES Maths Resource of the Week
Resource author: j2dutto
What are they?
These sets of cards cover all of the major skills required to secure a C grade at GCSE. The cards are broken down into general topics - number, algebra, data and geometry - and then into sub-topics such as solving equations, rearranging formulae etc. Each card contains around three questions on that skill, but - and here is the important thing - the same three questions are also repeated on the back.
The idea is that the teacher models how to do each of these questions in class, while the students copy down the 'perfect' answer. Students then take the cards home and try to complete the reverse side without looking back at it.
How can they be used?
The idea of students copying down an example and then answering the exact same question a few hours or days later may not seem like the best idea ever. However, there is significant research out there to suggest this process of modelling improves both confidence and performance. Indeed, we have been experimenting with something similar in our department - The Walking Talking Topic - and it has been going down incredibly well with our students.
I would whole-heartedly recommend you give it a go. If nothing else, your students will have a really good set of revision notes. But I have a feeling it will lead to a lot more.
Craig is a secondary maths teacher in the North of England.