Coronavirus and the Plan for my A-Level Classes

Over the last couple of weeks before half term I have tried a few things for the setting of work for my Year 12 A-Level classes remotely.

By far the most successful have been my use of worksheets with some recall / do now questions, some examples and then some exercises.

For the examples I will screen record with voiceover me annotating the examples on my iPad. As I want to upload them to an assignment in Microsoft Teams I then have to compress the videos – this can also be done on the iPad (I use Vid Compressor – I have the paid version so there is no watermark on the videos). To write my worksheet I use Pages as there is decent LaTeX interpreter built in to format mathematics properly.

Below you can download the files for a complete Further Maths lesson on the nth roots of unity. Let me know what you think – I hate the sound of my own voice though!

I have had good completion rates with this style of work set, and I like the fact that if I want to I can do the whole workflow on my iPad Pro without resorting to getting out a laptop.

Not knowing when schools will be back I have so far planned out the next half terms worth of work on the basis that I could stick to this schedule whether I am physically in the classroom with the students or not. I have decided to do 1/5 revision of prior content and 4/5 new content (Every lesson will have some retrieval practice starter questions though). My plan for Maths and for Further Maths is as follows:

Plan for the Next Five Weeks

I will then supplement these with some exercise sets taken from textbooks for independent practice. The questions on my sheets will all be original.

I’m happy to make my files available if anyone would find them helpful – just let me know 🙂