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Maths Passport

Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. Heather explores the use of the Maths Passport as a way to motivate students.

A really creative way of delegating your maths groups is by means of a Maths Passport.  I have taught in many schools, but this technique to motivate students’ own mathematical development has caught my interest and admiration.

Each student is given a passport looking booklet which is written in twice a week. Each continent is graded a level, and as students progress they are travelling the world. The creativity continues, as ‘customs’ sheets are distributed and stored in their passport. The children complete a list of targets associated with each continent and the student must complete questions for each target three separate times before being signed off and moving up a level (to the next continent).

Like travellers, students collect signatures like stamps, and they see their progress or lack thereof. Students have the opportunity for mistakes, as they have questions twice a week and if they don’t get perfect they try again for a signature the next time. They have to get the given questions (associated with the target)- perfect within a minute’s time frame and thus clearly prove that they are capable of understanding and putting into action the necessary math to complete the targets of each separate continent.

Each continent has a list of targets to be completed so the student feels a sense of intrinsic motivation in knowing they’ve gotten all the way to South America.

For myself, as an individual who struggled with maths growing up and throughout my education, I sought to teach as a method of travel and seeing the world in various lenses. This would’ve assisted in creating interest and excitement in a subject area often filled with emotions of anything but.


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Tags: Protocol Education, Supply Teaching, Teaching, Learning, Maths, Strategies, Motivating,

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