A friend reminded me of this site the other day. Thank you Heather.

There are lesson plans too, which is what I’ve previously seen.

Stimuli to Achieve in Mathematics

A friend reminded me of this site the other day. Thank you Heather.

There are lesson plans too, which is what I’ve previously seen.

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Thank you Lauren for this explanation of the complexities of teaching Mathematics.

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Here are some great strategies to help students learn more effectively. Thank you Marcus and Donna.

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I have been reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates with a group of teachers from school. We meet weekly to discuss the book chapter by chapter.

The chapter on expert teachers concisely expresses the most important characteristics of an expert teacher. Two pages are particularly informative. Enjoy reading the key points contained on them.

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I’ve just read Rick Wormeli’s blogpost on time for teaching and planning. I am very motivated to implement a couple of ideas this term. Take a look for yourself.

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Marking is a time consuming aspect of teaching. Done incorrectly it can have significant negative results as well.

The challenge is to support the struggling student. A multitude of crosses will result in the submission being binned and your time taken to mark being wasted.

Firstly, having read an article years ago on the negative impact of marking in red, I use pink.

It is easy to circle the correct multiple choice response rather than use a cross. This guides the student for improvement.

As for worked solutions, I circle an error for each mark lost and tick correct responses. It is too time consuming and fraught with missing the error point to write solutions for every mistake for every student. Instead I use a Livescribe Smartpen to write worked solutions which I upload to the intranet for student access. The beauty of this practice is that my verbal explanation is also recorded to be accessed by the student. This covers the student who was absent the day the concept was taught, never understood the concept or who forgot the method. As different students need support at different stages of any solution, this method meets the needs of everyone simultaneously, with only one transcript from the teacher. The transcript can be rewound in 5 second intervals to rehear problem sections, too. Students are also able to start the transcript wherever is pertinent for them. They merely click at the solution section corresponding to their error. An efficient winner for all involved.

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Here are numerous graphs to use in class. From the perspective of a mathematics teacher I am prompted to wonder how you could use the GDP Growth graph to find the average GDP over a specific number of years. Would you use Simpson’s Rule, the line of best fit, the three median regression

line or some other method?

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