Consider Josephine's response. She, like the other 60 teachers at the Linköping session on April 24th, had spent a full day at school starting at 8:00am and then turned up at 4:00pm for my four hour workshop organised by their district leaders. At the end she came to me with a big smile and said:
Thank you. I lost all my inspiration in school today ... and now I have it all back.Any such thanks belongs to the hundreds of teachers since the end of the 1970s who have worked so hard to develop and refine the hands-on problem solving approach.
Let me start by saying how inspirational it was meeting and speaking with you briefly at the youth hostel in San Antonio. Both Donna and I agreed that it was our "best session" at the Math Conference!Michele and Donna are from the Virgin Islands. Will tasks soon be in use in the Caribbean?
We spoke then and I am following up on our interest in purchasing a set of the hands-on activities you allowed us to try out. Is this possible?
Ina's idea is to add a gold star to the tasks that have a matching Maths300 lesson so teachers know where they can find the support to use the task as a whole class investigation to model how a mathematician works.
You're a star Ina!
Someone once said that if you don't use an idea within 12 days of a workshop, you never will. I thoroughly enjoyed myself (at the workshop) ... have been Sphinxing all week, in fact! My kids have started making a little movie, to capture all the moves possible in positioning two sphinxes. I've done it with two classes, and both groups have got into it.Look for Sphinx pieces in the Resources link and teaching ideas about Sphinx in the Principles link.
Pamela Mc Gifford
... yesterday working with the Year 7s on their Garden Beds (4 lessons now, they have all put their heads down & worked their little __ off & been annoyed when the bell goes ...Four lessons on the one problem and still interested. Now isn't that the way a mathematician would work?
Over the years teachers have suggested that some of the Project tasks can be adapted for use with infants. This list is now provided for information in the Resources link on the left.