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Taste & See
Use the ideas, activities and principles in the Free Tour. Look for any influence they have on your children's learning. Try to establish the environment described in Calculating Changes in Brief. You probably already have calculators and if you don't have Poly Plug you will be able to adapt.
Arrange a short professional development session (~2 hours) so your staff can experience the materials and ideas. This will provide the basis for staff discussion about future involvement.
Alternatively, purchase site membership and/or Working Mathematically with Infants then arrange this workshop to stimulate staff involvement.
For inspiration, read this short story from Boroondara Park Primary School. The staff decided to implement Working Mathematically with Infants and found that working with the children in this new way was an in-house professional development experience in itself.
The thoughts above are starting points. If you are looking for lasting change, consider the professional learning options below. Each has a link with additional information stored in the PD from MC Workshop Library. Also explore the rich slideshows opposite. They were produced by teachers participating in 6 day programs to explain the changes which occurred in their schools.
One Day & Six Day Programs
Programs above can be supported and enhanced by Discussion Lesson days.
In a Discussion Lesson our leader:
It is usually possible to organise 3 Discussion Lessons per day, assuming each lesson is 50 minutes with the children, followed by 50 minutes with observing teachers.
- teaches the class for one session while at least 2 teachers observe the children learning
- debriefs with the teachers immediately after the session to draw out and expand on the learning in the session and how it occurred
- challenges the teachers to run the same lesson with another group and organise a reporting back session with each other
- Aha! Teaching Maths is Simple
An article based on work from Calculating Changes published in the Spring 2010 issue of Primary Mathematics, a journal of the Mathematical Association, UK. (PDF)
Carramar Primary School
Renmark Junior Primary School
- 'Aha' at Carramar
Brett Lewis, Principal, Carramar Primary School, Western Australia shows how Predict A Count was threaded across many year levels and relates its use to outcomes required by the State curriculum documents. (PowerPoint) Find Predict A Count in the Free Tour Activities.
- Claire & Natasha take a Multiplication Journey
Claire (Year 2) & Natasha (Year 3/4) illustrate key elements of a multiplication learning journey planned to establish and maintain learning links across the years. (PowerPoint)
- Predict A Count Year 1/2
A description and analysis of the activity threaded over 5 lessons. (PowerPoint)
- Predict A Count Year 2
This Year 2 teacher 'squeezed' her trial of something new into one week. Even so, there is sufficient evidence to show the learning that can generate from this Threaded Activity. (PowerPoint)
- Win A Flat Year K/1
Reflections of a Reception/Year 1 teacher. (PowerPoint) Find Win A Flat in the Free Tour Activities.
- Sorting Tangelos Years 1 & 2
The activity Calculating Excursions suggests we stay alert alert for opportunities in the wider school program that encourage kids to calculate. Renmark is a citrus growing area and sometimes there are bags of Tangelos in the school. (PowerPoint)
- Cookie Count Year 2
Cookie Count is assigned as a Year 2 Investigation in the WMI manual. This Year 2 teacher details the 6 lessons her class spent with this problem and the mathematics involved. (PowerPoint) Find Cookie Count in the Task Cameos.
- 4 & 20 Blackbirds Year K/1
Charmaine explores this Investigation with very young children. In the WMI manual it is listed as a Year 2 investigation, so be surprised by what these children could do. (PDF) Find 4 & 20 Blackbirds in the Task Cameos.
- Predict A Count at Brown's Wells
Here the activity is used right across this small rural school with two classrooms - Year R/1/2 and Year 3/4/5. Some special 'aha' moments are described. (PowerPoint)
- Place Value at St. Brigid's
Melissa explores Win A Flat, Predict A Count and Counting Machines over several weeks and describes lots of learning. (PowerPoint)
- Move Around at Loxton North
These teachers agreed to use the same activity (appropriately adapted) at every level of the school. (PowerPoint) Find Move Around in the Free Tour Activities. A video of Move Around at a different school can be found in Cube Tube.
- Task Cards at Winkie & Barmera
Teachers at both Junior Primary and Upper Primary level explore the use of Mathematics Tasks to encourage children to learn to work like mathematicians. (PowerPoint)
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