You need to make Math Fun.
Sometimes you need fun maths games to make unboring.
You have to feel sorry for the classroom teacher who has to manage all the boring math activities as a matter of course. But when you are relief teaching, you can pick great relief teaching ideas and choose what you teach. Sometimes it is great to pick some fun math games that KEEP THE KIDS ENGAGED and FOCUSSED.
This is one of those fun math games that has a real skill development as well as a good fun element.
You know the mathematics concept of graphing requires tally marks and keeping score and drawing graphs.
Well what about putting a bit of fun back into relief teaching. The kids will love this fun math game - well they did when I use it at my relief teaching gigs. I have used this activity with a groups of upper primary kids, lower primary, less able and more able students. I know one of my colleagues borrowed this for an inservice activity for teachers of mathematics.
Honestly, this could be applied to any class up to senior secondary.
The idea is to use this YouTube video and keep a tally of all the times you hear particular words.
Have a go yourself and see how you go.
The YouTube video is of a meerkat calling out to his mates and it goes for less than a minute.
On this relief teaching gig, I didn't teach the skill of the mathematics involved at first. I simply told the kids to count the number of times they hear the words Al, Allan and Steve.
Well the students had to work out the maths involved themselves. Some used tally marks but some just used strokes.
It was after the first attempt, when the kids realised that few got the same answer, did we talk about the maths skills (tally marks, tables etc) involved.
Anyway, we had to watch the video a couple of times before we developed some consistency with the tallies.
And the correct answer?
I'm sure some one got it. This is one activity where the answer was not overly important.
This mathematics lesson stays in my relief teaching repertoire for future use as a math fun activity. It makes a great activity to use as an ENTRY RITUAL.
You should keep a range of fun maths games in your relief teaching bag of tricks - or grab some of mine.