Digital teaching tips & tricks, ideas, examples, and general thoughts and reflections. Follow my Inquiry.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Image mapping in HTML

If you have been using Google Draw to hyperlink multiple sections of an image on your site, you may be getting frustrated by the number of tabs you keep opening ........or at least your students definitely will be.

Image Mapping in HTML allows you to do the same thing. It is a little bit tricky, and far cleverer people than me have probably got better workarounds. If so please leave a comment I would love to learn.

However, here is a set of instructions I made to be able to use image mapping for your class sites etc

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Gloss Results

Now that my target group is all tested for reports, it's quite interesting to see their Gloss test results. As you can see the results are quite varied. But there are some clues that suggest some things about my teaching and my learners.

Red: Negative Shift*
Black: No Shift
Green: Positive Shift

*I personally don't believe that it is possible for kids to go backwards in maths. More likely, when they achieved the stage last time they answered the question correctly, but still had some misunderstandings that lead to an incorrect answer this time. I see these students as only needed some consolidation to get back to the stage they were at.

Proportion/ Ratios
At first glance this looks like my leaners are strongest here, as there is only one student who has gone down a stage. To some degree I think this is accurate, and I believe this is partly due to the low level knowledge required for these questions. I also think that the E6 question on this test is slightly easier than other gloss tests, which if thats the case they probably aren't consolidated.

I also noted from this, that there is a clear ceiling. I wonder if I am giving enough opportunities to learn higher stages during class time.

Multiplication/ Division
No real surprises for me here. It just further confirmed for me what I already believe to be the problem. Majority of my learners who got stage 4, could answer the E5 question correctly, and confidently. However needed to rely on skip counting to get the answer. This was the case with some of my other students in the higher stages, right answer, wrong stage.

Addition Subtraction
The biggest learning for me from this was around Place Value. I need to revisit, and revisit, and revisit Place Value all the time.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Basic Facts

I have been inquiring this year into accelerating the achievement of my learners in Mathematics, targeting specifically those working below the national standard.

I have been developing some hypotheses about how I can best do this,  and one theory has come to light after discovering some of my learners were struggling with their maths knowledge. I first noticed they were struggling with new strategies but soon realised it was their lack of knowledge that forced them to revert to lower stage strategies.

I have been doing lots of new Basic facts work in class, but it got me thinking about what basic facts actually are, and whether worksheet-esk activities were the best way to learn them (which is what I had been doing).

I found this great PD Resource for basic facts on the NZ Maths website. It has a really clear way of explaining basic facts, and ideas for helping learners both to understand them and value them.
Check it out here

Examples of Definitions

I really like the idea of explicitly teaching the inverse relationships of basic facts. i.e. if you know "this" then you know "that" sort of thinking. 

Credit @NZMaths

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Basic Facts Practice

I shared a post earlier on this blog about the types of basic facts practice I was doing with my learners. I received some really useful feedback here on my blog, and one of the ideas that was sent to me has worked out really well.

Prototec Basic Facts Practice - Link to website here
This is an online worksheet generator. It is aligned to the New Zealand standards, which means it can generate a worksheet at the right level instantly for your learners. It also has two times table options if that is your current focus.

When they complete the test they are given their scores instantly, as well as the correct answers. I think this is great because the children who want to challenge themselves again and again to get 100% can do so, and it allows them to instantly see 'where they went wrong' and learn from it.

There is another option that allows the learners to generate a certificate. This is less useful for me as the teacher, because it does not give me any of the information. i.e. Addition 100%, Subtraction 90% etc. However the 100% certificate has proven to be a great motivator for my learners, something to strive for.

While I think Prototec is a great resource, particularly a time saving one for me. It has limited use beyond quick practice, or a quick snapshot of where the learners are at with Basic Facts. However in the case of my inquiry it is perfect for doing just that.