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

Monday, 30 January 2017

2017 Inquiry: Supporting Below learners in Maths

“Recognising the needs of learners who are working below the national standard in maths, and supporting them to make 1.5 years accelerated progress

The Manaiakalani Community of Learning is working together on this task using the expertise existing in of our community of learning.

In 2017 for my inquiry I have selected the following CoL achievement challenge 
#4. Increase the achievement of Years 1-10 learners, with a focus on Years 7-10,  in reading, writing and maths, as measured against National Standards and agreed targets.
The teaching as inquiry framework I will be using in 2017 has been specifically co-constructed for Manaiakalani schools using our familiar Learn Create Share structure.
The elements in this framework share close similarities with other models New Zealand teachers use.

I will be labelling my posts as I update my inquiry throughout the year to make the content easy to access.

To see all my posts about my inquiry see here

Label Key:
Learn - Gather Evidence
Create - Make a plan
Share - Publish
Learn - Scan
Create - Try new things
Share - Co-teach
Learn - Identify Trends
Create - Innovate
Share - Model
Learn - Hypothesise
Create - Implement
Share - Guide
Learn - Research
Create - Reflect
Share - Feedback
Learn - Reflect

Share - Reflect

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Maths Whizz

Last year I had the privilege of attending and presenting at ULearn 2016 in Rotorua. I got to speak on a variety of subjects including my Spark-Mit inquiry, and the Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir project. I also was invited to sit on the panel for Maths Whizz, and share my experiences using the product.

Maths Whizz is a fantastic digital maths software that provides individualised online programmes for your learners. It assesses the needs of the learner through tests and assessment, and provides exercises at their level. Why I love Maths Whizz, is because it gives me real time feedback and data on how my learners have interacted with the programme. I can see very clearly how much improvement my learners are making, and what areas of the maths curriculum they are struggling with.

Overall I think when used correctly, Maths Whizz is a fantastic resource that can greatly support your maths programme in your class.