Thursday, 20 June 2019

DMIC PD 4 - Part 1:

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


  1. Kia ora Kent

    I am on the DFI cohort 2 up in Northland. Our School, Oruaiti, is year 1 Manaiakalani. Both your Google hang out and Matt's one to one support a few weeks back were greatly appreciated. We are loving blogging and both teachers and students are using it as a great reflection tool. Kerry told me that you have done away with 'traditional' reports and have move to more evidence based blogs. We are looking to trial this and I was wondering if you would mind sharing your ideas with me please.

    Nga mihi
    Rob Arrowsmith