Welcome everyone and thank you for bringing your resources today. My name is Susan muir. I am a k-1 teacher at Macdonald School in Stockholm.
Some of you may have thought about the new mathematics curriculum and wondered how it differs from the previous curriculum. How is traditional math different from the recent changes in school mathematics? What are the implications for the classroom? This morning we will talk about some of these changes .
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For much of the 20 th century children were thought to be “blank slates”. Who learned little or no math until they began school unless they were purposely taught. Research in cognitive psychology gathered over the last 25 years suggests other wise. Infants have an innate sensitivity to number that allows them to discriminate between collections of one, two of three items and notice the effect of addition or subtraction one item from the small set. As children get older their mathematical learning develops through their every day activities. Through these experiences children develop a body of informational knowledge about numbers, patterns, shapes, quantity, data and size which they draw on to invent strategies to solve mathematical problems presented in familiar or relevant contexts. These capabilities form the foundation for children's learning later in school.
Each new year provides an opportunity to create a community of learners in the classroom. As facilitators of learning, we are responsible for creating a classroom environment that will allow each student to experience success. The reward is knowing children will view math as fun, exciting, engaging, and something that they are capable of doing.
Have teachers do a reflective write. Show video. What did the meeting area Look Like? Sound Like?
These grouping should not be static but should stay together for at least a month so students can become familiar with one another.
The classroom setup should Promote independence for students Provide choice within a structured area Be organized in a way that encourages sharing and responsibility
Regular exposure to mathematics vocabulary enables students to use vocabulary in daily activities. A math word wall grows throughout the year. As new vocabulary words are introduced/ add to word wall with a picture or a symbol that can accompany it. You can also use the word wall as a mathematical journal entry. “Tell what you know about ___”
Students provide a written or visual reflection of their mathematical experience for the day. You may provide the sentence starter to guide their thoughts.
Mathematics: Framework for Change By Susan Muir K-4 Math Coach
Rethinking Classroom Assessment with a Purpose in Mind WNCP
The book, which is available in English and in French, is organized into three sections:
Setting the Stage provides background information about why assessment has moved recently to the forefront and why it is important for educators in all positions to understand both the changes that are occurring in assessment and the implications of these changes for policy and practice. It includes an outline of three purposes of classroom assessment—assessment for learning, assessment as learning, and assessment of learning—and a vignette, which shows all three in action.
Three Purposes of Assessment provides a detailed description of the three purposes of assessment that form the framework for thinking about how to select or develop assessment tasks, how to use them, and how to communicate with students, parents, and others about them. Case examples from teachers in WNCP territories and provinces are included in each of the chapters of this section.
Next Steps suggests that rethinking assessment is a process of reflection, analysis, deliberation and new learning for educators. This process involves building individual and collective capacity and can be fostered at the level of the school, the district or division, and the province or territory. This section suggests ways that educators might engage in the process.
Taken from: page ix “Rethinking Classroom Assessment With a Purpose In Mind”
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