Today we took part in DMIC PD session 4 (part 1) with Don Biltcliff. Below are some notes of this session - thanks Kiriwai!
Take a leap of faith with problems given to kids, need to believe in what the kids can do - whether they get it right or wrong is not as important as seeing what the kids can do - step back from pre-teaching
Go for harder problems/to push kids thinking - this forces kids to use different strategies that may not be evident with ‘easier’ problems
Thinking like a Mathematician - moving past computational aspect of solving maths problems
- making connections with ideas
If Ss will not grow if always being shown what to do - Ss benefit if they work on problems that they have not been shown how to solve and need to explain to others their own strategies
Think about your Tasks:
Are the tasks you use:
- open-ended? require complex problem solving?
- have multiple entry points? have multiple opportunities for Ss to demonstrate intellectual competence?
- require positive interdependence (working together)? fostering individual accountability?
Group worthy tasks
Culturally Responsive Tasks
- Ss should not be grappling with both difficult numbers and unfamiliar contexts
- should be grappling with difficult numbers/familiar context OR difficult context/more familiar numbers