GCSE Revision Trail: TES Maths Resource of the Week

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What is it?
Well, there is no denying it. We are definitely hitting Revision Season. And this year, with the new more challenging GCSEs making their auspicious debut, there is little doubt that revision with be more fraught than ever. So, I am always on the lookout for a top-quality resource to spice up revision whilst keeping it engaging and useful. And for me, this resource fits the bill perfectly. It is a paired revision activity, covering a whole host of GCSE content, from solving equations to circle theorems. One student answers a question and then feeds the answer to the next student which is needed to answer their question, and the process continues. With each person in the pair relying on each other, this has the potential to spark positive discussions and promote peer-to-peer learning.

How can it be used?
The activity is really well structured and should run as the author describes it. As is always the case with activities like these, it is often the classroom dynamic and the mood of the students that can make or break a task. It is also important to ensure that one student in the pair does not dominate and do all the work. With that in mind I would be tempted to impose a restriction that students cannot show their questions to each other. They can describe them, and ask for help, but no direct sharing of questions. That way you should get the best of both worlds – each student will do a decent amount of work, whilst at the same time benefiting from positive discussions with their partner.

Thanks so much for sharing
Craig Barton

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