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  • Teachers are enthusiastic about their subject – they simply love it. They would like to pass on some if not all of their passion to their pupils. Also teachers work hard to make arrangements in a way that their pupils and students gain a high level of confidence and competence . Lets take a subject at random ………. MATHS
  • Mathematical competences are related to the actual content of a task and also to the process of solving a task. In addition we would like our students to become more and more independent, to communicate well, to be tolerant, to accept responsibility for themselves and for the community, to make decisions responsibly,… School should provide the pupils and students with competences for their future professional life and for all aspects of their private life.
  • The only thing that stays the same is that change is happening all the time. One characteristic of the teaching profession is to be ready for innovation in the changing environment. Unfortunately teachers cannot change the architecture of existing school, the financial restrictions of the ministry of education and the given demands from young people, parents and the society in total.
  • Mathematical competences are related to the actual content of a task and also to the process of solving a task. In addition we would like our students to become more and more independent, to communicate well, to be tolerant, to accept responsibility for themselves and for the community, to make decisions responsibly,… School should provide the pupils and students with competences for their future professional life and for all aspects of their private life.
  • 1. Try to generate interest in the topic and the way of work at learning stations 2. Laufzettel verteilen
  • Learning stations

    1. 1. Learning stationsIntroducing an innovative tool for teachers
    2. 2. I am competent• I am able to work out a sum, a probability,….. I can measure a length…• I am able to find mathematical models for new situations and to develop a logical argumentation• I like solving problems and I like to check given statements and solutions• I am confident and my attitude is positive
    3. 3. Which training tools can help teachers to achieve these goals ?
    4. 4. Tasks of teachers• Selection of tasks fit for the group of learners• Providing example solutions• Structuring the lesson• Organising the work of the pupils• Organising the presentation of results• Helping• Encouraging• Assessing the progress and achievement of pupils
    5. 5. Good things about learning stations• They are adaptable to nearly any topic and any size group• They keep students actively motivated and involved• They encourage and develop communication• They can boost confidence in learners
    6. 6. How does it work ?• Set up 4-6 stations – each offers different opportunities to learn within the area of one topic• Give a time span for the work at the stations• Pupils can work together in a small group , in pairs or by themselves• There can be compulsory stations and optional stations where pupils have a choice
    7. 7. Decisions Decisions• Decide upon the topic• Decide about the number of learning stations• Decide what kind of activity will be at each station – try to adress all senses and provide for all abilities• Decide the time for each station by taking the average length of all stations
    8. 8. Let us look at an example
    9. 9. The “TOMINI” ProblemOnce there were two friends – Giovanni and Luca – who went out to the river bank for a picnic.Giovanni brought 5 tomini and Luca brought 3 tomini. A stranger came along and asked themkindly to let him join the party. To express his thanks the stranger left 8 soldi and said goodbye.Giovanni suggested that he should get 5 soldi and Luca should get 3 soldi. Luca was cross with hisfriend and suggested that they should get 4 soldi each.Find a mathematical solution and make notes of your considerations. You must convince bothGiovanni and Luca of the solution so that they don’t end up in a fist fight !Discuss whether your solution is fair.
    10. 10. Logistics for the teacher• Start with talking about the learning stations• Clarify the task in detail assisted by handing out a tracking sheet and inform about the available time span• Take a walk around the arranged stations• Provide help in a central location• Allow time for preparing presentations of the solutions• Discuss the experience and ask for feedback
    11. 11. Summary of Benefits• Learners are motivated and active• They enjoy different types of activities• They communicate with each other• They enjoy presenting results• The teacher is free to help individually• Space for more……..
    12. 12. Thank you for your attention

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