tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6885955480630437685.post5620371875698641764..comments2024-08-02T08:10:04.286+01:00Comments on Not Just Sums: What is x?Unknownnoreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6885955480630437685.post-88428974752630215492017-01-04T19:34:20.142+00:002017-01-04T19:34:20.142+00:00x is a letter.x is a letter.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6885955480630437685.post-24544500846821196892013-10-01T21:18:16.954+01:002013-10-01T21:18:16.954+01:00Hi Emma,
I decided to try this with my bottom set ...Hi Emma,<br />I decided to try this with my bottom set year 7 last week, I started by writing the following on the board:<br /><br />a + 2 = b<br /><br />I paused for a few seconds while I worked out exactly how I was going to phrase a question for them, then turned to face the class again to find that, to my surprise, over half of them had their hands up before I had even said anything. Clearly what I had written on the board does not have an "answer" but they were all very keen to add their opinion, <br />One said with great confidence that "a is 3 and b is 5", another was then sure the answer must be 2 and 4. This then lead to an excellent discussion that sometimes the value of letters can change, and sometimes their value is fixed.<br />Thank you for helping me to get my math-phobic class to talk about maths.<br /><br />Charlie V.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com