Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Seeing results!

One of our main focuses in maths is trying to get our students to talk about their thinking and use mathematical language. 
At first Room 6 was very shy to talk about our thinking, but we practice every single day so we can get better and more confident to share our ideas.
As part of the first week of school for Term 2, we used the Youcubed week of inspirational maths programme. This was Wednesday's task. 

I showed this picture for 5 seconds only, then took it away. Then I asked the students what they saw.. most students said "dots", but Miss Ashley asked us what shape we saw the dots in.

I was trying to get us to think about how we saw the dots, how it looked in our head.

Milan was the first person to share his thinking, and he said he saw the dots in the shape of a hexagon, with one dot left in the middle. Once one person started to share their thinking, EVERYBODY started to share their thinking.

Here is how we thought about and saw the dots.


I was so proud of my class, and celebrated their teamwork and collaboration aloud over and over.
Myself and Archana have worked so hard to build up our class culture, take away the fear of making mistakes and being humiliated by the class by saying the wrong thing, supporting each other, giving each other feedback, encouraging each other to share our ideas etc.

This was such a great lesson to see in a concrete way the abstract concepts we have been trying to teach!

Yay us!

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