In a bid to make one of more complex GCSE topics more interesting, three members of the Maths department at Redcar Academy donned their fluorescent headbands and legwarmers to give their higher achieving students a ‘lecture’ they will not forget anytime soon.
The students were expecting another regular Maths lecture, which they have attended at various points throughout the year. These ‘normal’ lectures would take the form of an ordinary Maths lesson, the only difference being that around 60 students would gather together in one room to work together in a university style atmosphere.
Their final lecture was introduced in a similar way to those done previously, with the addition of a deliberately dull looking PowerPoint slide projected on the screen and one member of staff talking to the students. What the students were not expecting, after a couple of minutes of the lecture, was to hear ‘Call on Me’ by Eric Prydz to play through the speakers and their Maths teachers to run into the room in their gym clothes. This was their introduction to ‘Graph Aerobics!’
The idea of ‘Graph Aerobics!’ was to make the graph shapes (an important concept in Higher GCSE Mathematics) more memorable, by turning it into a dance routine, developed by three members of the Maths department; Karen Robson and Natalie Smith (lead dancers) and Paul Bracchi (gym instructor).
With a beat booming away in the background, students jumped to their feet and soon followed the moves. Even Mrs Ayre joined in the fun! As farcical as it initially appeared, students went back to the classroom to find they could easily match a graph to its equation by remembering their move.
The creative approach to the lesson was inspired by the training delivered by the performing arts team back in February. This special lesson would not have been possible without their support, not forgetting Mr Matuszak who filmed the activity and set up the studio.
“It was a fun and interactive way of learning” – Rachel George
“If you wanna have a laugh when doing Maths, then do Graph Aerobics!” – Connor Burnett
“Graph aerobics has helped me to remember the different graph shapes forever.” – Natasha Wright-King
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
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