Written by Jonny Griffiths Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Edited and compiled by Robert J Smith @RJS2212
Further Risps; open tasks for FM A Level
Back in 2005, I began to write my Risps (short for Rich Starting Points) website, with the backing of the Gatsby Foundation. It took a year, and by the end of that time I’d posted forty pure investigative activities for A Level Maths. Since then, the site has gradually become popular, and that’s happened alongside a growing interest in using open tasks to teach mathematics at all levels.
A couple of years ago, I took what seemed to me to be the obvious next step;
How about a collection of risps for pure Further Maths A Level?
It could be argued that Further Maths sees a larger percentage of teacher exposition than elsewhere, and yet FM students are often well-suited to self-study and tackling problems under their own steam. Over the next two years, I wroteFurther Risps, and I’ve recently self-published that both as a hard copy book and as a pdf. I don’t stick to any particular syllabus, but any Further Maths teacher should find that the majority of the forty tasks here will be adaptable for their students’ situation.
I hope during my workshop to encourage people to try a task from the collection, and then enter into a discussion about how such material can sensibly be integrated into an A Level course. I also hope to offer some tips on how a teacher might write open tasks of their own.
You can see Jonny Griffiths speak about "Further Risps; open tasks for FM A Level" during #MathsConf18 at the City Academy Bristol on Saturday March 9th 2019.
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About the Author
Jonny Griffiths taught mathematics at Paston Sixth Form College in Norfolk for over twenty years. Before Paston, he taught at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow-on-the-Hill, St Philip Howard 11-16 comprehensive school in Tower Hamlets, Islington Sixth Form Centre, and Great Walstead School.
He's studied mathematics and education at Cambridge University, with the Open University, and at the University of East Anglia. Possible claims to fame include being a member of Harvey and the Wallbangers, a popular band in the Eighties, and playing the character Stringfellow on the childrens' television programme Playdays. His other published work on mathematics and mathematics education can be found here. Since leaving Paston he has been working for Underground Mathematics, MEI, Integral, and Hodder. He has also worked as an online tutor. He was the originator and author of the A Level Maths competition Ritangle in 2016.Jonny's email: email@example.com
Jonny's website: www.jonny-griffiths.net