Lots of this is fairly low level / aimed at KS3. Would like some higher level/more challenging tasks.
How did it work out?
Levels 1 and 2 easy to introduce, Level 4 in themed workshop.
Helicopter - mixed results due to mixed attitude of students. Should have prepared the class before the lesson. Weaker students disengaged.
Place your order - units matching task, altered the measurements used to suit class. Worked well.
Need for SLT/HoD support.
Level 2 at the minute - wanted to be at level 4.
Label 'STEM' can be a problem, getting people on board :(
Time of year, other responsibilities :(
Links between subjects :)
Interest of students :)
New ideas for teachers - get out of rut :)
Recognition from senior management of STEM :(
Relate STEM activities to curriculum.
Include maths properly - not just costing, etc!
Benefits to school/teachers - raise awareness and links to areas, enjoyment, introducing new activities, different approaches
DT - practical application of certain skills - making links :)
Staff - encouragement :(
KS4 - exams, revision session, no extra time :(
Support from SLT, recognising STEM benefits :(
Difficulty matching student groups across subjects in the timetable, some groups set, others not set :(
Difficulty finding a topic to include all 3 subjects at a suitably challenging and engaging level :(
Timings with pressure from 'regular curriculum' :(
Space available - classes too large for the room :(
Split site. 6th form is a mile away. Y11 and 12 don't see each often - [Relativity] would build bridges between them for when Y11 go into 6th form. Large intake into Y12 from other schools. Y11 get to know them too! :)
Curriculum too busy at the moment :( - maybe Sept 2012.
Doing it in lessons will not be possible due to science alternating topics (necessary for equipment/technicians, etc) and different setting, etc :(
Departmental budgets :(
Staff engagement :(
Results - fear of them slipping :(
Publicising benefits to results
Making it sound fun to pupils!
Transfer from one lesson to another - have a set of results ready, or catch-up time in between
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the
NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to
embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice.