“I’VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO MATHS!”

Debbie Parkes

Abstract


The aim of the Action Research was to establish whether learners would grasp Maths concepts better by using a learning tree, illustrating the building blocks in the process.There are links with scaffold learning (Bruner 1967), where learners build upon knowledge in small chunks to develop their knowledge and skills.Hairdressing learners studying level 1 Maths pinpointed their achievements on a model of a tree. The main stem had various branches representing a different topic of Maths. I thought by allowing the learners to see their progress visually this may enhance their enjoyment, promoting more engagement and having an effect on success rates. The ultimate result was to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom, whilst challenging learner’s personal constructs about themselves.

Keywords


maths; action research

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