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One element of variation is about drawing attention to something by paying close attention to what you vary and what stays the same.  

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Standard, non standard and non concept examples

When modelling a new concept I show standard and non-standard examples alongside misconceptions. 

Research shows that this helps to the learner to discern the concept against the non-concept.  It also allows the learner to discern the concept in novel situations

Spot the variation in these clips

March 5, 2019

Questions 1 and 2 gives the whole and asks for a part

Question 3 gives a part and asks for the whole

Question 4 gives the difference and asks for a part.

I follow up this activity by giving pupils a sheet with the same models and ask them to write 4 different questions....

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Variation Theory