|I have developed a school wide mathematics proforma that incorporates Threading activities from Calculating Changes. This ensures that teachers continue to plan these rich mathematical programs each day.
Students have been more focused, engaged and interested in mathematics. They now enjoy doing maths every day and look forward to the tasks I present to them. (Our curriculum...) has moved away from the textbook oriented lessons and into creativity in maths. Lessons in which I used to struggle to engage students for 30 minutes, now engage them for sometimes up to two hours. Therefore, this idea we have been presented with WORKS!
The Threading scrapbooks have been an excellent way of recording the students' work. It is a way for me to check levels of understanding, and for students to refer back when we are threading an activity for a number of weeks. Rather than asking what to do next they have a valuable tool for checking themselves. It has created students who have become more independent and take on more responsibility for their own learning. Also I have been able to use their books as a way of presenting ideas to other teachers.
I believe recording is an important component not only for assessing and education department requirements, but for the students as well.