revnJust a thought … yesterday was the first of our Saturday school sessions. As the first one, my plan was to cover 3 topics where I did a worked example on the board with them and then they got to work on similar problems themselves – nothing too exciting but it’s a way of setting out expectations from day 1 – its easier to go upwards on the “fun” scale than it is to move downwards without a kickback. I know that keeping students on task can sometimes be a challenge but I want them to get something out of the sessions and after seeing an idea on twitter I put the attached sheet together – the idea being that for each question they had 5 minutes to put their solution in one of the sections.

I printed onto A3 sheets (who doesnt love “super sized” worksheets?)¬† and it worked really well. It also had the added benefit that most of them had to think about the layout of their working out – a note of caution though – I wouldnt use for simple 1 mark type questions as 5 minutes would be way too much time but is ideal for those bigger 4, 5 or even 6 mark questions.