Every year my A2 students prove themselves to be amazing mathematicians. They struggle with the written aspect, though. I don’t have a perfect solution, but I did draw up ‘The Big Questions’ about G494 and G495. We’ve got them in a random generator and we tackle 2 or 3 each lesson. The general order of the lesson is: 1. Spin for a question, 2. Students have five minutes to write as much as they can about the theme, 3. We discuss, based on what they’ve written, and come up with some great ideas about the topic.
The random spinner is here: www.bit.ly/ocrbquestions
An example of the final whiteboard product is shown below:
All of them can be found here. Next step: record these lessons. There’s plenty more gain from the interactions with the students rather than just the final outcome.