So, we’ve looked at the importance of introducing “rich” problems and allowing our students time to “wrestle” with these and come up with their own solutions and strategies. If only Math teaching was that easy! In Week 1, I had you read the section from the Van de Walle text on using a 3-part lesson, but for those of you who haven’t really seen this in action, you may still be feeling a bit “fuzzy” about the whole thing. There are two online readings below that may simplify the 3-part lesson for you:
During Tuesday’s class, we will have a look at the teacher’s role during each part of the 3-part lesson. Perhaps in your response you could discuss what challenges teachers/students might face during each part, and how the teacher can effectively deal with these challenges.
Another area of focus this week will be creating a balanced Math program. Yes, just like a balanced Literacy program, Math should include time for shared, guided, and independent Math. Please read through the Ministry document, Early Math Strategy, Pages 33-37, which gives an overview of the parts of a truly Balanced Math program. In your reponse, I’d like you to discuss which of these parts you think Math teachers tend to focus on or use most effectively, and which parts could use more attention. What are the benefits of each part for the student? What challenges to teachers face in trying to encorporate all 3 parts into their program? Feel free to discuss (or debate) any other ideas related to this issue!
Enjoy your Family Day, and see you on Tuesday and Thursday this week!