Practical Geometry: Construct it Right (1989)

CONSTRUCT IT RIGHT is one of eight 'cluster books', each offering a lead task which is fully supported by detailed teacher's notes, a student's introduction to the problem, a case study, examples of students' work which demonstrate achievement at a variety of levels, together with six alternative tasks of a similar nature. The alternative tasks simply comprise the student's introduction to the problem and some brief teacher's notes. It is intended that these alternative tasks should be used in a similar manner to the lead task and hence only the lead task has been fully supported with more detailed teacher's notes and examples of students' work.

The lead task in this book is called Get Drawing. It is based on a real life situation and provides a rich and tractable environment for practical geometry tasks.

Extended Tasks for GCSE Mathematicss

These materials were first published in 1989 to offer practical support to mathematics teachers in implementing Course Work in GCSE and in responding to other changes brought about by the National Curriculum. The Midland Examining Group has been involved in a joint project with the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education to produce a series of books containing ideas for Course Work assignments and guidance for carrying them out.

Although the references to GCSE Coursework and MEG Mathematics are obsolete, these books remain a valuable resource to anybody wanting their students to tackle extended mathematicsal tasks and investigations.

The set of materials comprises -

  • The Teacher's Guide,
  • 8 Topic Books,
  • A departmental development programme ('IMPACT').

Each of the eight topic books contains a lead task, discussed in detail with teacher's notes and examples of student work, as well as a number of secondary tasks, providing ideas for other assignments. The Teacher's Guide and IMPACT (Improving Mathematical Practice and Classroom Teaching) provide additional support of a more general nature for those involved in GCSE Mathematics Course Work.

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