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Episode 7 – Rich tasks and problem-based learning with Richard Perring

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Hello and welcome to Digging for the why – the podcast for maths teachers of Years 5-8 looking at continuity and why we need to dig for the why in our lessons.

In this episode, Alison and Andy are joined by a special guest, Richard Perring (@LearningMaths). Together they discuss the following:

  • Keeping your LinkedIn up-to-date!
  • Why should we encourage the use of rich tasks? What do students and teachers gain?
  • The power of asking why
  • Rich tasks don’t need to last a lesson, just have a thinking question
  • Listening to student conversations to guide the teaching
  • Is there still a space for coursework?
  • Does there need to be a right answer?
  • As a teacher, be open to learning 
  • Where can you go to read about rich tasks and get some starting points?
  • The power of a collaborative planning model

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Your hosts

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Andy Lumley


Alison Hopper


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