Garden Design

Create smallI love watching students get absorbed in a creative design task. As a Maths teacher this is satisfying for a number of reasons:

1. A rich task naturally differentiates; their are multiple entry and exit points

2. Creating is on the top of Bloom’s taxonomy; higher level thinking is taking place.

3. Their is plenty of discussion and questioning, much of it student initiated.

4. Applied Maths tasks reinforce that Mathematics is a very useful subject.

My year 8’s are currently completing their “Garden Designs”. It wasn’t too long ago that I was doing the same thing in my own garden. I decided to create an octagonal flower bed. Here it is shown in the photo below. Do you like it?


A copy of my “Garden Design” assignment can be downloaded here.


About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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