Digital teaching tips & tricks, ideas, examples, and general thoughts and reflections. Could be useful to anyone teaching in a digital learning environment.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Teacher Inquiry: Only a little L8

End of Term 2 - I'm now 2 terms into my inquiry, and have just presented to a group of teachers in my school an update on where I am on my journey.

Reflecting on where I am now, I've had to remember that my inquiry is on "Developing independent tasks that require higher order thinking to increase cognitive engagement in maths", and not simply creating a maths problem-solving presentation (which has been quite a large focus in my inquiry thus far).

One thing I realised/ noticed was the with the big focus I was putting onto these presentations, my learners stopped caring about the rest of their follow-up activities.  My learners stopped caring about their Maths whizz and their xtramath.  While my inquiry idea stemmed from moving away from just relying on programmes like these, I did not intend to get rid of or replace them entirely.

Because of this I've decided to put the focus back onto these programmes (while still keeping my presentations).  I have done this in a multiple of ways and have explained in detail in a previous blog post. But since these changes I've now seen my learners dedicated to both their mathswhizz and xtramath programmes, as well as getting their problem solving presentations on their blog.

Next term, I intend to adapt my maths presentations further again. While keeping an eye on how their other activities are going. I need to be careful that I don't substitute basic facts learning for problem solving practice, rather run them alongside each other.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Teacher Inquiry: Lucky number Sleven 7

Not Higher Order Thinking Follow up
....Or at least not really HOT Maths follow up.

My inquiry is around what kind of higher order thinking maths follow up tasks are possible in the classroom. However, I've found sometimes you need a back up that really does keep the students busy, and engaged.

This 8-bit Art fits into our Team inquiry unit and the students have really been enjoying it. I have been using it as an incentive for students to do if they finish their other follow up tasks.
Thought I would share it, and some of the results.