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A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day


Topics: Starter | Algebra | Arithmetic

  • R Tottman, Claverham
  • Far too slow getting going....apart from that not a bad idea.
  • The Best Maths Class Ever 7cd/M2, King Alfred's College Oxfordshire
  • A nice starter we thought it was a bit of fun. Louis helped to sort out the algebra for us. WE thought it could have been a bit faster. Molly just arrived and is disappointed that she missed it !!
  • Lauren F, 7nma1, The Best Maths Class Ever, St Ivo School
  • Brilliant, but could have been A LOT faster! Please include more like this on your site!

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  • Mr. G. C. AMARIKWA-OBI, St. Mary's CE High School Hendon, London
  • My year 9 students really enjoyed doing this starter. It is more fun when you encourage the students to read aloud as the words scroll past (double the speed recommended). Prompt them to stop when the actual starter question commences so that they can do the work.
  • Transum,
  • It's good to have variety in mathematics lessons and this starter idea is unlike any of the other starters. It is designed to be a bit of fun, a novelty and an activity to capture the pupils' interest right at the beginning of the lesson. It serves as an unusual starter for an algebra lesson but of course can also provide a focussed start to any lesson. Hope your pupils enjoy it!
  • Year 9, WKGS
  • Really liked it, but the font and colour scheme were a deal breaker for some.
    We did, however, smash the task.

How did you use this starter? Can you suggest how teachers could present or develop this resource? Do you have any comments? It is always useful to receive feedback and helps make this free resource even more useful for Maths teachers anywhere in the world.
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This starter has scored a mean of 2.9 out of 5 based on 706 votes.

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