Tuesday, 20 February 2018

DMIC PD 2: What Does a DMIC Lesson Look Like?

Today we had our second PD session about DMIC Maths with Bobby Hunter. Here are some notes from this session:

In general guided lessons, who is doing the teaching? Who is doing the talking? THE TEACHER...we need the children taking control of the learning and the teacher facilitating THEIR discussion.

Setting up routines:

  • Begin by using problems that are not at grade level in order to get the kids used to talking. Once you start to see wins in your routines, and talking groups...then move things along.
  • Everyone in the group needs to be working in a way that allows for them each to be critiqued.
  • Everyone needs to be struggling in their effort to learn something new. 

We, as teachers, need to be working on the possibilities of what they should know instead of focusing on what they don’t know (and filling gaps).

When kids argue...Talk about how you are not disagreeing with a person but you are disagreeing with an IDEA. Also, it's ok to disagree, just understand you are only allowed to if you are able to express why you disagree.

Setting Up Your Class for Group Work

  1. Social and Strengths groups...these are not friend-based groups. They are groups of students that you know will work well together.
  2. Class is split into halves-each half seen on alternative days. However, always have one group of 4 that you could see 2 days in a row to give them an opportunity to grow or teach others their different thinking. 
  3. Groups of 4 (2 for younger children)
  4. One challenging task. If any student can solve it on their own it is not challenging enough)
  5. Encourage recording and multiple representations

One Lesson

10 minutes - Warm Up
5-10 minutes - Launch/group norms..need to discuss everyday (values/beliefs & family orientated)
15 minutes - Small Group Activity
15 minutes - Large Group Discussion
10 minutes - Making connections to the big idea* (this is where the teacher explicitly teaches and connects to the big idea*)

Independent Work

  • Make it purposeful
  • Include elements of choice
  • Make the practice related to previous maths focus (problems from previous days, refer to previous problems)
  • All students should use this time to cement previous learning.