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:
LEvidence
Learn - Gather Evidence
CPlan
Create - Make a plan
SPublish
Share - Publish
LScan
Learn - Scan
CTry
Create - Try new things
SCoteach
Share - Co-teach
LTrend
Learn - Identify Trends
CInnovate
Create - Innovate
SModel
Share - Model
LHypothesise
Learn - Hypothesise
CImplement
Create - Implement
SGuide
Share - Guide
LResearch
Learn - Research
CReflect
Create - Reflect
SFback
Share - Feedback
LReflect
Learn - Reflect


SReflect
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.