A little tip

Someone showed me this lately. It made me think about how much a tiny little twist can make a task massively more engaging.

Task One

5x + 3 = 13
7x + 11 = 25
4x + 8 = 32

Find x.

 

Task Two

5x + 3 = 13
7x + 11 = 25
4x + 8 = 32

In which equations does x=2?

Task one is boring. I want to do task two.

This thinking has come from Don Steward. My last blog was about his work, and it’s wonderful to dive into. There’s loads of stuff with simple twists like this and the way the work is presented is outstanding (There’s a lot to be said for this). Every maths teacher should check out Don’s blog.