Reflecting on my Journey So Far



End of Term 1 Update!


We are nearing the end of Term 1 and therefore I am asking myself: how am I going? Are the teaching and learning programs having impact? What is that impact? Is there anything I should be doing differently?


The Good
This term I have had an amazing student teacher in my class. This has meant that the students have had more teacher time and are making pleasing progress.


We completed 1:1 assessment for 50 students on stage 4 and 5.


Students are getting better at working together and are seeing the benefit of working in a group.


Using xtramath is improving students addition and subtraction facts.


Khan academy programs are providing students with focused activities. (multiplication, fractions, geometry, arrays).


Students are having some choice in the areas of math that they need to learn.


Students are beginning to manage their time and be with the teacher at the time their lesson starts.


Over the term the planning sheets, timetables, planning docs and other teachers working in has become easier and is starting to make more sense.


Things to improve
More create tasks - where students are sharing back what they know and how they know it.


More blogging what we have learnt and what we now know.


Teaching how to post for Numeracy.


Working the system with less hands on deck.


How to manage the space more effectively.


Different types of collaborative activity.


Looking into…
Individualised tasks that show collaboration at the end

Differentiation and Co-operation

Organising where to go: 
Some Research on multi levelled and co-operative math groups. 

Using collaborative learning to teach mathematics to students with disability  
- we are using collaborative groups to help confirm prior knowledge and strategies. 

Collaborative learning builds deeper understanding 
- use open ended math tasks 

Group worthy tasks and their potential to support children to develop independent problem solving skills
- "if I know how to listen to others and ask questions that help me understand their thinking, then that may help me to develop my own thinking." 

Making a plan. 
Students have had little assessment done in the terms of knowledge for numeracy. I thought this would be a good way to start and develop our findings. 
I have created a knowledge spreadsheet for stage 4 and 5. Students will have a copy of what they need to achieve and what they already know in the front of their math books. 
This is an example of the spread sheet, as you can see the key idea is at the top and students have been dated on when they have achieved. Green = got it, orange = half way, red = not yet. 
The I can sheets in there books are these ones: 


Found on nzmath here.  
Each student will be tested so that we can find their gaps in the stage they are working in. They will then be grouped and taught based on their learning needs for knowledge- not the stage they are in. 
Students will begin each day with a ten minute session of basic facts (this is a group wide need). Then move into a collaborative group work session for ten minutes (to confirm learning and develop stratgey). After that students will be taken by the teacher based on the assessed needed that have been identified. 
Students will be going through the learn create share model with their learning needs. At the end of the session students will have time to share back their learning with their group. 



Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:20 - 11:30
Xtra math
Xtra math
Xtra math
Xtra math
Xtra math
11:30-11:40
Collaborative Hotspot
Collaborative Hotspot
Collaborative Hotspot
Collaborative Hotspot
Collaborative Hotspot
11:40-11:55
First group
First group
First group
First group
First group
11:55- 12:10
Second group
Second group
Second group
Second group
Second group
12:10-12:15
Share / Pack up
Share / Pack up
Share / Pack up
Share / Pack up
Share / Pack up
12:15-12:30
FITNESS



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