Secondary Math Strategies

Creative Learning Strategies for Secondary Math


Use these strategies at the beginning of a lesson or unit to help students access prior knowledge around the content and make connections to their lived experiences.

  • Art Talk: Teacher asks open ended questions to promote dialogue around a piece of art or image that relates to the curriculum.
  • Artifact: Use an object or collection of objects to generate inquiry and help students make curriculum and real world connections.


Use these strategies to help students remember and apply important math vocabulary.

  • Bippity-Bop (Donkey): Students quickly make physical statues to represent and recall vocabulary.
  • Model Making: Students make a simple model to show their understanding of a vocabulary term.
  • 1-2-3: A scaffolded approach to get students to work in pairs and activate important vocabulary.


Use these strategies to explore and teach math concepts by helping students to embody ideas and create mental models.

  • Data Processing: Students represent numbers or variables and group or arrange themselves according to teacher prompts.
  • String Shapes: Groups silently work together to create shapes and solve challenges with string.  


Group Problem Solving Relay: Students collectively break a problem into steps and show their work to produce a solution.

Cover the Space: Make flexible groupings for students to move and answer math related questions.

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