Rich Tasks

  • Are accessible and extendable.
  • Allow individuals to make decisions.
  • Involve learners in testing, proving, explaining, reflecting and interpreting.
  • Promote discussion and communication.
  • Encourage originality and invention.
  • Encourage “what if?” and “what if not?” questions.
  • Are enjoyable and contain opportunity to surprise.

(Ahmed A., Better Mathematics: a curriculum development study. London (1987): HMSO 104)

In addition

  • The richness of mathematical tasks does NOT lie in the tasks themselves
  • NOR does it lie in the format of interactions
  • It DOES lie in the teacher’s ‘being’, manifested in teacher-learners relationships, teacher’s mathematical awareness and the working milieu
  • The richness of learners’ mathematical experience depends on opportunities to use and develop their own powers, opportunities to make significant mathematical choices and being in the presence of mathematical awareness

(John Mason – OU and Oxford University)

Also see

Extract from National Strategies (teaching and learning approaches)

1 Response to Rich Tasks

  • Rich Tasks & Cool Themes « Mathematics, Learning and Web 2.0

    Fri 10th, 2010 @ 12:31pm

    [...] useful links. Most if not all readers will know of nrich, but perhaps not so well known we have Jon Stratford’s site which has numerous tasks and a section on Pedagogy as well – including Key Processes in pupil [...]

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