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What do teachers do to support learners engaging with rich
This pair of tasks build particularly on Activities 1.1,
. The aim is to look at a problem and think about what we
can do to help make it rich. This is because, regardless of a
problem's potential, the way it is used affects its richness.
You will need the following resources:
Zipped folder* containing sample "What teachers do" sheet for
Magic Vs and associated video-clips: MagicVs.zip
*You will need to save the zipped folder to your computer,
then right-click on the zip folder and "extract" the files. Inside
the folder "MagicVs" is a Word document. The Word document contains
links to the video-clips.
Stick each of the rich task cards (RichTaskCards.doc
) on a
separate A3 sheet. As a group, move around the sheets and add ideas
for what you could do as teachers to help support each aspect of a
rich task. This will be very general at this stage. If you need
help some ideas are given on the what teachers can do sheet
These ideas will become more specific when applied to a particular
Work on the NRICH problem
so you feel confident that you know it well.
- Fill in the column of the master sheet (WhatTeachersDoMaster.doc
) labelled 'What pupils could do'.
- Now fill in the column 'What teachers might do'. As you do
this, think about the sorts of things you might do in the lesson to
encourage pupils to tackle the problem and behave in the ways you
have suggested in the middle column.
WhatTeachersDoMagicVs.doc, in MagicVs.zip, is what we produced when we tried this at