Kia Ora, I am a Year 6 teacher at Point England Primary in Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand. I have the privilege of teaching in 2 ILEs where all the gorgeous Tamariki use Google Chromebooks 1-to-1 for their learning. I am also very excited, for the first time, to be taking on the exciting opportunity of being a CoL within schools teacher at PES, as well as a Manaiakalani Google on Air Teacher! Please feel free to comment on my blog. Thank you for stopping by
Gems from first CoL Meeting
COL Inquiry - Mia Szymanik, Year 6 Teacher, PES School 2018
Gems from first CoL Meeting
What’s the Big Idea for 2018 ?
“Language in Abundance”, Language Acquisition, development, Transfer and sustaining across school levels and curriculum domains.
Language in abundance environments ‘drip’ with language availability
and attention, where noticing and relevant use of words allow for
deeper, wider, more specific and precise, context appropriate
language expression…leading to knowing at deeper and broader
levels. Dr. Jannie Van Hees
What is MY responsibility as a COL teacher:
Conduct a mean as inquiry at your level/s in your subject/s
Developing Mathematical Inquiry in a Learning Community Professional Development Day 2
If anything, this programme is about teaching resilience. Never be afraid to make the problems really hard. I’ve been in classes where children do not know the answer but they learning that occurred in finding that answer was HUGE. Record what has worked well for you and why - it has been cool to see kids who are not confident in maths, or struggle giving it more of a go, and to see kids being challenged and feeling like they are all equal to each other, e.g. mixed ability groups. Record what you have noticed about how your students feel and act about this way of learning maths - I think at the beginning they were a bit hesitant/ confused. It is a very different way of learning maths to what we normally do, HOWEVER, after establishing the group norms and getting more used to DMIC, the children have enjoyed working in groups and taking charge of their learning. They have also liked being able to work on…
To recap, my Inquiry question for this year is: Would the everyday, explicit and rich teaching of mathematical language, coupled with step by step techniques of unpacking word problems, help my learners to better understand mathematical concepts, and better answer questions and explain how they got their answer? Last term I did a lot of work around how we 'unpack' a word problem (essentially using the DIMC approach) and doing lots of learning around mathematical vocabulary.
A recap of how I have been implementing this in my maths class with my learners:
When looking at a word problem:
What is the story about/ What do we know from the story? We have spoken about the word ‘context’ and what this means. With every question I have introduced to the children they have had to explain the context of it. What are we trying to find out?Once the group is able to agree upon a way they may go about solving the problem they are given paper to being their working.