I was introduced to Frayer Models at Mathsconf17 and remember thinking what a great idea this seemed at that I wanted to give this a go for myself. I have finally this week used them with a few of my classes and I must say, I have been very happy with the results. The reason I finally got around to using them was after looking at BossMaths and seeing their examples and non-examples and thinking what a great idea this was and then remembered I had seen this with the Frayer Model. If you are not sure what I am talking about, go to google images and simply type in ‘Frayer Model’ and have a look at the many layouts you can use. I have slightly amended mine and instead of characteristic have placed a question.

With year 9 this week, we were looking at difference of two squares and so I thought this would be a great opportunity to trial this. My year 8s were being introduced to standard form and so i decided this was also a great opportunity.

In both of the lessons, I showed them a general case and went through some examples and non examples with them. We completed exercises and then I used the Frayer Model as a plenary. Below are some examples of what my students work:

As the students were completing this, I circled the room looking at what the students were writing and also checking their answers to the question. After the students completing their sheet, I then asked the students to share their definition/general case and to share their examples and non-examples. It was a brilliant opportunity to check if the students had really understood what the idea was and If they had really understood the concept. I then asked one person to answer the questions and asked the students to raise their hands if they had also come to the same answer (this is not normally part of the Frayer model but I wanted to include it as an opportunity to check students understanding and ability to manipulate).

Overall, I think was a great opportunity to really incorporate a Key word into the lesson and get students thinking about the examples and non examples. I will certainly be using these again and would highly recommend others using these as well.

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