My 7S3 class are using this starter to help embed their rapid recall of times tables fact – and they love it!
1. They all have 12 times tables questions to answer – differentiated according to prior knowledge.
2. When finished they swap books with a partner working at a similar level.
3. They peer mark in pencil where they have to use brain power to predict if they have got them right.
4. Then they use the Script Calculator app to check each answer – this flashes up the correct one in 3 seconds like magic. They can then mark the sums a second time in green pen and write down any corrections if they get any wrong.
5. Books are returned to their original owners and they choose 3 new times tables. They have a few minutes to rehearse and help each other learn them. Here I tend to get them to use the Show Me app which acts like a small whiteboard with the added bonus that they can record their voices over the top too – adding songs, raps, mnemonics etc. to aid aural learners.
6. They learn and test each other on the 3 new times tables in readiness to complete another test tomorrow, hopefully with a higher score to show progress.
7. When they have had 3 fully correct tests, they move onto their next times table that they need to learn.
This would work with any mental arithmetic task and not just lower ability groups.
The advantages are:
· High student engagement
· Independent learning
· Collaborative strategy – working in pairs
· Pupil progress is evident
· Use of iPads is modifying and enriching learning tasks
Below is a very short video by a novice to stop motion showing how I use it.
Add a reply post if it works for you too!