My Higher class met differentiation at the end of last term. Today was the start of integration. Normally I would introduce integration as the area under a curve but in the new Higher course this is separate in an Applications unit.

So, I used something that works for a few different maths topics:

**If this is the answer, what is the question?**

This allowed my pupils to discuss what they know about differentiation and then reverse the process.

In the end, the class came up with the rule for how to integrate polynomials.

I love these types of questions as it really make the pupils think rather than me telling them how to integrate polynomials.

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Hey Julie – This is great! I love the “anti-derivative” approach. And how you asked students a question they could figure out before you showed them how to do anything. Thanks for writing it up!

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Thanks. Your blog about unsexy maths really got me thinking.

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I love questions like this. I really need to put more of them into my own teaching

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