EDMA Journal Week 7

How To Set-up & Manage Mathematical Learning Experiences

  1. Guided maths groups — Teacher reaches to students in small groups and in different ways rather than one way to the whole class (Newton, 2013).
  2. Stage working. Reverse gradual release. Students begin to work individually, then in groups and then share with the class (Chamberlin, 2009). Students discover themselves before sharing with everyone.
  3. Group work. Adhering to Vygotsky, learning is done in a social context (Churchill, et al., 2015).
  4. Create a safe classroom environment for collaboration, learning, questioning and sharing knowledge (Chamberlin, 2009).
  5. Using visuals such as manipulative’s (Chamberlin, 2009). Catering to all students including visual/spatial learning students reflected in Gardner’s multiple intelligences (Churchill, et al., 2015).
  6. Less drill and practice (Chamberlin, 2009). The more memorisation, the more students will be disinterested (Simonson, 2011). Students must be actively engaged.
  7. Students being in charge of their own learning (Simonson, 2011). By presenting a problem, and students demonstrating how they would work it out gives a chance of autonomy rather than hand-led.
  8. Being well-prepared and knowing the content (Chamberlin, 2009). Without knowledge of the content, misconceptions arise and wrong content taught.
  9. Defining misconceptions early (Newton, 2013).
  10. Collaboration being open minded. Students understand mathematics by hearing different ways of thinking about a problem (Chamberlin, 2009). More open ended questions.

Reference List:

Chamberlin, M. (2009). Teachers’ Reflections on their Mathematical Learning Experiences in a Professional Development Course. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, 11(1), 22–35. Retrieved from: http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy2.acu.edu.au/fullText;dn=189129;res=AEIPT

Churchill, R., Godinho, S., Johnson, NF., Keddie, A., Letts, W., Lowe, K., … Vick, M. (2015). Teaching; Making a difference (3rd Edition). Milton. Queensland: Wiley.

Newton, N. (2013). Guided Math in Action: Building Each Student’s Mathematical Proficiency with Small-Group Instruction. Retrieved from: http://lib.myilibrary.com.ezproxy2.acu.edu.au/Open.aspx?id=510680

Simonson, S. (2011). Rediscovering Mathematics. Retrieved from: http://ebookcentral.proquest.com.ezproxy2.acu.edu.au/lib/acu/detail.action?docID=3330348

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