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Friday, 25 August 2017

Confirming Hunches: Class Observation in Numeracy

Each term, we are observed by our team leaders to help inform next steps in our teaching and develop ideas related to our target students.  This week, Aireen came to observe Maths in my class.

One of the key comments in her feedback form to me was:

"...most students said if they are stuck on the task that they would ask a buddy for help - not from the same group. This shows that the Tuakana/Teina maths that you are doing in the class is working as students have the confidence to ask for help from their peers in another group..."

What makes me happy about this, is that the Maths Tuakana concept appears to be embedding in the classroom learning ethos.  Students are identifying those who they can turn to for support and the classroom environment supports collaboration and open learning conversations between students.

I am going to keep working on this, but it is always nice to have affirmation from other teachers, that they see what you think might be happening...or trying to achieve.

1 comment:

  1. Kia ora Kyla  I have been following your Tuakana/Teina maths journey with keen interest! With my work hat on I am super impressed with your triangulation of different inquiry data: student survey, observation by a colleague and data discussion. I have found your blog narrative highly engaging of itself, but was particularly drawn by the students’ survey responses, alongside your reflection and next steps. You are a highly responsive and insightful practitioner! Positioning these two data together highlighted an important pedagogical move for me: enhancing visibility to inform next steps i.e bringing in the explicit teaching based on revealed student need so that you deepen understanding of tuakana principles together, rather than as front loaded. I look forward to coming back to your blog to follow up on connections the students make from your explicitness in relation to their former perspectives. Thank you for making your classroom reflections available for us to enjoy and learn from. Nga mihi 