Friday 15 April
How to inspire all students with open maths.
Sanford University / youcubed
I joined a packed auditorium at NCTM to hear Jo Boaler talk. She recently published the article Why Kids should use their fingers in maths-
Notes from her talk
- No one is born with a maths brain- brain plasticity for any level of maths – Luculano etal – All Brains Change
- Those who believe they can learn anything go onto achieve in maths and life.
- Mistakes grow your brain more than when you get work right
- When your brain struggles and challenged it grows
- mathematics learning is very visual in the brain
- strengthen all areas of the brain – visual activities and teacher guide on youcubed.org
- Howard Gardiner’s Learning Styles?? – everyone should strengthen the visual part of brain
- Our brains see fingers when we calculate – use finger perception – maths achievement goes up
- Kumon advises ‘no no’ to use fingers ???
- fingers link numbers
- coloured dots on fingers and trace with different fingers ( see visual activities)
- Give answers – convince yourself, convince a friend, convince a skeptic
- Can we open up maths – see slide
- Bad maths /good maths experience can change their lives
- I recommend you all join – youcubed.org
Building Fluency, Understanding and Evidence of Thinking it Through.
“How can we build conceptual understanding and fluency? We will look at the role of Number Talks as a change agent for shifting student and teacher mathematical beliefs and understandings from teaching and learning by telling to teaching and learning by using purposeful problems and intentional discourse.”
Conceptual before procedural
Principals of Number Talks
- logico mathematical knowledge
- Piaget stages of development – 3 types of knowledge
- Logico – mathematics
Social – is given to us , reading, told to us, labels – Roman Numerals, multiplication symbol X , most taught on social knowledge – given and remembered
Physical –doing, experience, science ( mix red/blue paint) get by doing, riding a bike
Logico – mathematical knowledge , mental relationships, strategy
How did you work it out? Who heard a way different from others thinking?
Slides from Sherry’s presentation.
Saturday 16 April
Using Data to Flexibly Group Students
Elizabeth Jacobbe and Tim Jacobbe
University of Florida
PK Young Developmental Research School
Pre and post tests – flexibly rotate students over a 14 week instructional rotations – core, extension and support groups
Data collected – checklists, interviews 1 on 1 , verbal responses,
Sumdog website for practice
Communicated with parents to show all student needs are being met
MAPS – Florida not a CC state
iread – online platform