Ben – Master of the Cosine Curve

The use of literacy tasks in Mathematics classes is often met with opposition from both students and teachers. In fact, as a student, I would try to avoid writing tasks as much as I could despite being a keen reader.

I now find as a teacher that:

  1. I have a duty to help develop a students literacy
  2. Some literacy tasks are “fun”
  3. Literacy tasks can enhance the teacher – student relationship.

Thanks to Paul Flintham for his Newspaper Template on TES.

My Year 11 Mathematical Methods class has been studying Trigonometry. As in previous years the Unit Circle has helped student’s learning a lot. Image from:

I have set my students the task of writing a newspaper article about an event that has occurred in our class whilst learning trigonometry. Humor is encouraged! Here is my attempt: Bens cosine. (note that Ben and Len are pseudonyms)

What literacy tasks have you used in your mathematics classroom?

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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