Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kansas City Course | 12 July 2018

A Day with Grades 6-9

I did the course on Rational Numbers and Algebraic Thinking for this group on Day 3 of the event. 

We look at the use of models to help students learn mathematical ideas. In cases that are difficult to model we employ reasoning to help students use what they can model to figure out what they cannot.

For fractions, we focused on division by fractions. 

Again we compare the use of model as well as model + reasoning.

Along the way we had a bit of fun.

Algebraic Thinking 1 - Generalization - coming soon 

Algebraic Thinking 2 - Use of Variables - coming soon 

105 people went on a trip. 4/5 of the adults and 2/3 of the children took several yellow buses. The remaining 29 took a red bus.

Kansas City Course | 12 July 2018

Advanced Learners 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kansas City Courses | 11 July 2018

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think! Mathematics 
a textbook with anchor tasks based on latest research on how teachers use textbooks and how students respond to different tasks

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Kansas City | K-2 Journals
We looked at four journal types. 

I invited the class to think about the roles of journals as 'homework' - class started 15 minutes late because the keynote ended late. And it was 4 p.m. and the Teachers have been in sessions since 8 a.m. Greg is a slave-driver so he packs the day for the participants 😂.

After 4 there's still yoga and all sorts of dancing, if you are the dancing type. Me, I went for Chicken Katsu and Sake with a couple of friends.

But here are the highlights of the one-hour elective session.

Follow-Up Videos to Watch
Schools talking about the use of journals.

Also see for other additional videos

These are a few examples of journals from schools in Thailand (Anglo Singapore International School) and South Africa (King David School).

Source | Anglo Singapore IS - a glimpse into how a child counts 100
There is evidence of counting groups but is it groups of ten?

Source | Anglo Singapore IS - upon completing a practice worksheet students are asked to sort those that they have to do regrouping and those that they do not need to.

Source | King David School - this student was responding to "Draw a Friend who is 7 paper-clips tall". Like all kids his age, he drew a Friend and crossed his fingers.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Altrincham and St Albans Course | 5.6 July 2018

Math Learning Center
Pencil Box
Bamboo Paper

Opening Problem
We discussed ways to support struggling learners and ways to challenge advanced learners.
We looked at anchor tasks and some conditions of learning.

What's advanced thinking in mathematics? 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

London Course | 27.28.29 June 2018

Case 1 | 7+3+2

Case | Multiplication