Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Getting the answers first hand!

Having worked with Sue Pine through our school PD during this year I felt I had more questions I wanted answered. I invited Sue to spend time with me going through some of these questions. The questions stemmed from the thoughts of myself and my team as we transition into problem solving and mixed ability groupings in our maths programmes. 
Sue's answers helped me pull together a lot of the research that I have come across and it was blended nicely into clear explanations. She was kind enough to allow me to interview our discussion. This has allowed me the made an interview film to help share what has been helping me in my journey and my inquiry.

The questions that Sue addressed in this film are;
  • What do you think are the two biggest hurdles for a teacher who is beginning to transition their maths teaching to be presented with a problem solving approach? How could they overcome these hurdles considering the urgency of engagement needed by the students.
  • What do you think are the two biggest hurdles for a teacher who is making the transition to maths mixed ability grouping in their class? How could they overcome these hurdles considering the urgency of engagement needed by the students.
  • What was the best piece of research, data or evidence that you have worked with that has helped frame your current pedagogy in relation to problem solving and mixed ability groupings?
  • Consider you are working with a teacher who is not convinced that mixed ability grouping and problem solving is the right teaching approach for their students. How would convince them of the benefits these two concepts will have for their students without using evidential data?
I would like to share with you some of that messages that have shaped my understanding of best practice for mixed ability and problem solving.
  • There needs to be a mindset (positive) change for both the teacher and the learner
  • It is vital a 'mathematician' philosophy is welcomed and established in the class
  • Mistakes are welcome and an important part of our learning

1 comment:

  1. Kia ora Paula, thanks to both you and Sue for sharing your questions and strategies for effective practice. Valuable way to share reflections and recommendations in response to your inquiry focus.
    ngā mihi nui,
    Fiona

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