Sunday, 8 January 2012

Seeking Solutions to Problems

Spotted the other day near a local school, a very nice new brick wall outside a house, with an old car (all be it a Trabant) trapped in behind it.

What's really great is that a local primary school seized the opportunity to use it to set a problem solving exercise. Students were asked how they could get the car out of the front yard without demolishing the wall. Research, (the weight of the car etc) and lots of creative thinking came out from the students - would any of them work... unlikely but it created lots of interest using maths and science skills.
The real reason I like this though is the demonstration of teachers being flexible, seizing real situations and incorporating it it into existing curriculum work. It created interest, excitement and context. Great!

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