Looking at my inquiry, first I must understand my challenge and what factors may contribute to "the problem" that I have identified. I am at the first stop and need to decide where to go...
The identified problem is achievement in Numeracy. 43 students in our hub are underachieving in this area with another 23 students needing to make steady progress to meet National Standards again by the end of the year.
Some factors that may contribute to the low achievement... or my hypothesis for low achievement are:
~ Students have low understanding of Number knowledge and basic facts
~ There are too many strategies for students to learn (they are confused)
~ Teacher enthusiasm for numeracy- transferring to the students
~ Teacher understanding of strategies and therefore teaching
~ Time spent on each area of numeracy - not rounded or too broad?
~ Not utilising learn, create, share in numeracy
~ Student access to learning at home - managing self to learn - want to excel
Originally I was looking into ways to encourage and up skill parents in numeracy to help create an authentic audience and support for learners. But after thinking deeper, I think providing an authentic audience where students are empowered to teach others through their learning is the direction that I would like to take my journey.
In order to do this, some time will need to be dedicated to swapping and share understanding, so that learners can learn off their peers. I will also encourage students to make and share screencastify or DLO to support and teach others the strategy that they are learning. I will then create a site with links to student work to help support the students learn new strategies.
My inquiry is now looking in to "creating purpose for numeracy and providing an authentic audience." My aim is to do this through student collaboration and sharing, as well as, looking in to multi levelled numeracy groups.
That's all for now!