Today, Year 8 did the Smartie Statistics activity. One of the problems in the past was collecting all the data from the students.
For a few years, I’ve noticed that kids not only don’t know/struggle with their times tables, but also general ‘number sense’.
Learning math is like learning to play the piano. First menial arithmetic and endless scales, but then Chopin and one’s imagination. @mathematicsprof
Having done both (learn maths and learn the piano) I love this quote. I hated scales when learning the piano. It wasn’t till I had got through my many years of formal piano lessons that I understood how fundamental learning scales was to everything I can do on the piano. As teachers of maths, we face that same kid, trying to convince them that what they are learning now will bring them greater understanding later.
I really appreciate having my own classroom for many reasons, but one is the ability to place student work (the fun stuff) around the classroom.
I think that each student using a netbook/laptop in your class presents some slightly different issues in Maths.
Week 1 is over, and I need to reflect on what happen when I introduced laptops into my classroom.
As a PBL school, we have lots of “Student Expectations” at our school for nearly all aspects of an ordinary day (entering the classroom, in the playground, walking through a corridor – we have narrow corridors, formal assembly). In a couple of weeks, there will be another aspect of the “ordinary day” – laptops. So, I’ve drafted some student expectations for the technology committee at my school to discuss.
I recently contributed some comments to the executive at my school about the DET roll-out expected to be happening soon. A slightly editted version is below. I’m really not sure where the executive are at with this roll-out, I haven’t heard much except from the computer coordinator – it’s a shame, or more accurately, it makes me nervous, because there is the potential for a lot of problems to arise from this roll-out if we’re not prepared. I’m republishing my comments because they might help you in engaging with your school about planning and preparation.
Term 3 will see the roll-out of netbooks to Year 9 at my school (some photos of the Lenovo S10e).
I’ve been thinking about how to prepare for this roll-out in my own teaching.
It’s a new school year. This post, therefore, should be full of optimism and goals. But, please indulge me in a short whine.
It’s hot, ridiculously hot.
I had a chance the other day, rare, to reflect on what was happening in my classroom during class time. I noted one of the inconsistencies in my language.
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