Friday, May 29, 2015

May 30 | Manila

Formative assessment as gathering data to identify students who are approaching, meeting and exceeding expectations so that appropriate measures can be taken (remedial, consolidation, enrichment).

Journals can be used to assess student learning etc.

Check List for Writing Items
1. Realism - realistic situations
2. Context - avoid unfamiliar ones
3. Hidden Assumptions - no passengers as the train arrived at the first station
4. .....

What is the value of MCQ?
To credit students who can solve a problem but unable to articulate their reasoning in conventional way.

In Singapore national test, MCQ is used in primary schools to test basic concepts and skills (10 items 10%). They are also used to assess problem solving (5 items 10%).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18.19.20 | Wirral

The course was held at Holiday Inn Port Ellesmere near Liverpool. More than 70 teachers attended this course. It was an initiative by Deep Learning - Teaching for Mastery.

Day 1
Teaching Computation Using Number Sense Approach
Teaching Word Problems for Information Handling and Visualization

Slides are available here.

Day 2
Revisiting Bar Model 
Obstacles and Enabler in Maths Classroom - Skemp 
Assessment - informal and tests 
Challenging Advanced Learner - through regular worksheet, through multi-level task, through problem posing and through challenging problems.

Day 3 
We start by summarizing how to support struggling learners and the class came up with six, I topped it up to seven.

We also saw five ways to challenge advanced learners.

We summarized the five pedagogical tools to help students acquire and refine concepts and to acquire conventional knowledge (eg order of operations)

Notes on Six Elements
Teaching students to document their thinking is an on-going affair.
In this Primary 1 (Singapore) or Year 2 (UK) lesson on addition of three one-digit number by making ten, a small entry such as this is sufficient, if journaling is a daily affair. I suppose that is why it is called a journal - a daily record. | Six Elements #4

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 6.7 | Brunei

Action Research - using Newman's Procedure to identify difficulties with word problems.
- read
- comprehend
- know heuristics
- transform
- compute
- interpret
Six Elements of Maths Lesson
- explore
- structure
- journal
- reflect
- practise
- apply 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 6.7 | Brunei

Lesson Study at SR Pulaie in Brunei.
Participants hear about lesson study and experienced a research lesson and the post-lesson discussion. We discussed Stage 1 Setting Research Goals and Stage 2 Planning Lesson and demonstrated Stage 3 Research Lesson and Stage 4 Post-Lesson Discussion. 

Points of discussion included the use of children's mother tongue languages 

Why are these inappropriate assessment items?