Thursday, 19 January 2012

Connect Thoughts

Inspired by this blog post on 'Think-Tac-Toes' by Mr. Collins I set about finding all I could about them. I encountered an English adaptation called 'Thoughts and Crosses', in which the idea is the same - pick three questions in a row and have a go at them.

I thought that this may lack of a bit of choice, so immediately considered a 'Connect Four' type activity called 'Connect Thoughts'. Each row is graded, with the bottom being an F, second being E, D and C (as I only teach Foundation tier for the time being).
I intend for it to be a fifteen-minute activity, where pupils attempt four questions which make a line - with the idea being that a pupil might want to show progress (F, E, D, C) or consolidate their understanding of grade D questions before moving higher.
A chat with a colleague earlier indicated that it might well be used to allow pupils to race one another, or even play a game of Connect Four and put counters on their questions that they answered correctly - starting at F and blocking each other off as they go.

Here is the first one, completed:
Connect Thoughts - Percentages

Any feedback would be outstanding and I'll look to post more as I get them done.


  1. I think it is a great idea - anything that increases the opportunity for mathematical discussion and peer assessment.
    I will download and have a go with my class, I will let you know how it went.
    I think I will give them different coloured post it notes and they can put their answer over the question, with a time limit of 2 minutes. Thanks! :)

    1. Post-it notes! Brilliant!

      I'd love to know how it goes..