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Owl inspiration for problematised situations

Published 12 months ago by Ann Baker


I find inspiration for problems everywhere. Once you know how, it is hard to not see inspiration where ever you turn!

I had just been asked to run a problem involving early multiplication and division when I found this note book cover.

Owl inspiration

The first idea that came to mind, I made up as a story, along the lines of:

owl inspiration task

As always, I put the problem into a story situation:

"You all know about my friend, the Year 1 teacher who is so busy that she panics. Well this time she is preparing for her art and craft class and wants every one to make their own owl. Has she got enough materials or does she need to shop for more?

And then, because we need multiple entry points and stretch for those that can tackle this easily:

The Sting
What if she was preparing for her whole class of 27 students? What extra materials will she need to buy?

You can make up lots more problems and 'what ifs' I am sure.

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