Favourite Number One: Clearing up Misconceptions
This is an excerpt from a post I wrote earlier this year. The tool I used is called 'My Favourite No". I found that with less confident students, using "My Favourite No" on a regular basis both cleared up misconceptions and helped students to feel that they are not 'alone' in the classroom.
'My Favourite No'
I first learned about this strategy when I took a professional learning course called 'How to Learn Math for Teachers’, presented by Jo Boaler of Stanford University.
Leah Alcala, the presenter of 'My Favourite No' uses a simple warm up routine to help students learn by analysing and discussing mistakes.
What I love about 'My Favourite No'
by helping students to understand that they can learn from their mistakes, as well as the mistakes of others, we can promote a growth mindset in a safe classroom environment.
- It is a simple, safe technique that engages the students! Everyone does the same problem, anonymously.
- When to solution cards are quickly checked, students will see that they are not alone in making mistakes.
- When critiquing solutions, we always look for the positives first. What did this student do really well?
My challenge to you:
Try 'My Favourite No' in your next lessons! And send your feedback in the comments section.
Favourite Number Two: The Power of Student Centred Learning2016 was a stellar year for active Mathematics learning in my classroom. My goal was to work smarter, not harder than my students - and the result was astounding! I found, by moving more toward active, student-centred learning that my students
- developed more initiative
- asked more questions
- used more reasoning and justified that reasoning with their peers
- looked to each other, not to me as their learning partners
- became better problem solvers
- were more engaged,
- embraced challenges
- gained in self-confidence
My Favourite tools for moving towards student-centred learning were:
For teacher inspiration, ideas, research:
Twitter feed - this could always re-inspire me after a rough day at work
Continuous Everywhere, Differentiable Nowhere a positive, pleasure to read
dy/dan - for great links to great teachers and ideas
TEDEd - Lessons Worth Sharing - Especially the Logic videos
YouCubed - to keep maths accessible to all students and their parents
NCTM - Journals Mathematics Teacher and Math Teaching in the Middle School
For Interactive Learning Tools and resources:
Desmos - Card Sort, graphing
Scootle - Education Services Australia - for great topic specific interactives
Twig - Maths and Science Videos and worksheets - visual, real world connections
For Student Motivation and Challenge:
NRich - try a challenge at the start of each lesson to get the students going
Desmos - Marbleslides - My students thank you!
Stile Education - A great, free platform to introduce Flipped Learning