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5-a-day Display Boards

March 30, 2016 Comments off

5-a-day Display Boards

I have previously blogged about the 5-a-day with ideas of how people use them. One of the most popular ways the 5-a-day seem to be used by schools is to create a 5-a-day revision board.

Here are some amazing examples of 5-a-day Display Boards:

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I really love the idea of these boards as they:

  • Encourage students to begin revision early with a “little and often” approach – blog
  • Allow students to be responsible for their own revision… but they can check their answers and seek help on any topic they find difficult.
  • They are visually appealing and create an interactive, constantly updating display. I absolutely love my classroom and am a believer that the environment that students learn mathematics in and the displays around them, can help stimulate a passion (ok…an interest, perhaps!) in the wonderful world of maths! – blog
  • As a teacher, they are ideal for providing extension work for highly motivated students within lessons. See Conundrums
  • Can be linked to “house points” or even prizes through raffles for completed “entries.” I am aware of the extrinsic/intrinsic motivation debate, but in previous years when I added some small rewards, I suddenly had 80-90 students attending during break/lunch, compared to 30-40 previously.

These are the commonly asked questions about the display boards:

  • Will the students use it?

I have found that when I have explained the idea behind the display and that the benefits that the students will reap that they will definitely utilise it.

  • What about photocopying costs?

It is possible to print multiple 5-a-day per A4 page… I usually go for 4 per page and quickly guillotine. That works out at 0.5p per 5-a-day at my school. Also, I have found that in the past my “line managers” have always encouraged me to go ahead with it as the benefit for the vast number of students that use it outweigh the small cost.

  • Is there much preparation?

To be honest, when I have had the display inside my classroom, it does take a bit of forward planning. I usually spend an hour each half-term (or inset day) preparing the full term ahead.

However, many schools place their 5-a-day Display Boards in corridors, such as many of the examples shown in the slideshow above. A big benefit of this is there can be a departmental approach to preparation. Also I like the idea of students being able to “grab” a 5-a-day on their way past/

A big THANK YOU to the following teachers/schools for sharing their displays with me…

https://twitter.com/hmw239

https://twitter.com/mjh168

https://twitter.com/StudyMaths

https://twitter.com/dunclugcollege

https://twitter.com/Burls70

https://twitter.com/ianhudson218

https://twitter.com/BHSMaths

https://twitter.com/moztermind

https://twitter.com/eatf105

https://twitter.com/hhsmathsdept

https://twitter.com/mrcarmichaella

https://twitter.com/miss_skinner

https://twitter.com/TBSmathematics

https://twitter.com/Lowestoftmaths

https://twitter.com/WSCallaboutME

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Blog: 5-a-day Explained

August 16, 2014 Comments off

5-a-day Explained

 

 

 

Recently I was asked “how you do intend the 5-a-day to be used?” I began to explain how I created them to use as starters for Year 10 and 11 classes and then I thought of all the excellent ways in which colleagues on Twitter had used them. He then recommended I blog about it…. so here goes nothing!

So firstly, what are the 5-a-day? why did I make them? where can I access them? I’ve made a small video answering these questions (has this become a vlog now instead of a blog?)

 

 

Excellent “GCSE Revision Boards” have been created by Jonathan Hall (@Studymaths and creator of the simply amazing http://formtimeideas.com/) and also @DunclugCollege an excellent school very near my hometown in Northern Ireland. They use the Foundation and Higher 5-a-day to help GCSE students to prepare for their exams. I particularly like the use of plastic wallets to ease access and also the way @DunclugCollege have printed two per page, which I have found make it easier to put in to and remove from the plastic wallets.

GCSE Revision Board at Dunclug College

GCSE Revision Board at Dunclug College

 

Here are both tweets:

@DunclugCollege: https://mobile.twitter.com/dunclugcollege/status/464054174812872705

@StudyMaths: https://mobile.twitter.com/studymaths/status/462266235020136448

 

As well as using the 5-a-day as starters and for GCSE revision boards, many colleagues have used several of the 5-a-day to help with the preparation for upcoming exams. @LynnBowie from South Africa tweeted about using the 5-a-day with her students every day in the lead up to exams.

5-a-day in action in South Africa!

5-a-day in action in South Africa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to the Tweet, @LynnBowie: https://mobile.twitter.com/lynnbowie/status/467371923455082496

Another way in which so many schools use the 5-a-day is to retweet the daily tweets so that their students can independently complete them as part of their revision.

5-a-day Retweeting

5-a-day Retweeting

 

I have also added a bit of an incentive for students to complete the 5-a-day on Twitter. Students put their completed 5-a-day in very large ballot box with their names on, and each fortnight, prize draws take place. “The more you complete, the more chance you have of winning…oh and you’ll get a better grade too!”

I hope that helps explain how the 5-a-day can be used, but if you use them in any other way, I would LOVE to hear.

Thank you to Miss Skinner for the lovely mention about the “5-a-day” in her blog

Read about it below:

5-a-day mentioned by @miss_skinner

5-a-day mentioned by @miss_skinner

January 2nd Solutions

August 12, 2014 Comments off

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January 1st Solutions

August 12, 2014 Comments off

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