After taking part in a recent online CPD trial with the Yorkshire and Humber Science Learning Centre, I’ve been trying to find ways to help my students use their maths skills in a science context. (And no, this wasn’t prompted by the recent SCORE report.) As we discussed during the course (and yes, I want to blog about it in more detail) the issue isn’t always that they don’t have the skills – it’s that they don’t use them. Sometimes it’s about language differences (positive correlation vs directly proportional, for example) and sometimes it’s just some kind of mental block. I’m trying a few different things:
- providing science formula sheets to Maths to use for practice in lessons
- producing data sets that they can use in Maths lessons
- display work highlighting similarities and differences between science and maths vocabulary
But the focus for the blog post is something different. I’ve produced (but not yet finished trialling) a booklet for students to use and refer to in Science lessons. It covers a few areas identified by students and colleagues as causing problems. Each page includes an explanation, worked examples, hints and tips, possible applications and practice exercises. I’m making it available here in this untested state for comments, suggestions and improvements; click on the image for the pdf.
To Come (Hopefully)
- Corrected version if (when?) you find problems with it, with included pages for write-on answers/notes
- Markscheme/answer booklet
- Accompanying A4 display pages with extracts
- Additional pages if sufficient (polite) demand
I’d really love some feedback on this, everyone – please comment with improvements and suggestions.