Counting down till the end of the lesson

Richard Whiteley

Many students need to practice reading out and writing down numbers over the phone, but I find it a little boring to always ask for phone numbers, or to get them to make up numbers, so in the last minutes of a lesson I sometimes set simple maths puzzles, or we calculate Pi together, work out some statistics among the class, the percentage of students who live in Berlin, converting it into a fraction, the probability of getting the right answer to a grammar question by just guessing, anything like that. Whatever fits with the situation. I find it pretty easy to come up with simple statistical or probability questions, regardless of the theme. It gets them to practice using numbers in a real world setting, and they may even pick up a bit of nerdy number love on the way!

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