Thursday, 24 August 2017

Teaching and learning

Some of the learners in my group struggle with understanding mathematical language and terms.
I discussed this problem with a colleague(Rachel) that I am presently job sharing with. She talked about a warm up activity that she played with her older children and explained how we could use it in a Year 1 class.

We practised counting backwards with support of materials.

Hypothesis and trends

Children are quite confident in counting forwards. With my teaching experience over the years I have always found that they always struggle when it comes to counting backwards, saying the number that comes before. I think that they may not understand the term before, backward, or that it means one less. Not only have I heard this in the junior school but across most year levels.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Term 3 Focussing Inquiry

We are halfway through the year and the children in the group that I was working with have made progress and made a shift. I will continue working on my goals for this group. For my inquiry focus for term 3 I have decided to work with a different group of children. These children can identify numbers from 1-20, can say the number after for numbers 1-20 however, they struggle with counting backwards and solving simple subtraction problems. It is important for them to be able to count backward accurately from any given number and only then will they be able to work out subtraction problems fast and correctly.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Counting in 2's

I have been practising counting in 2's with my whole class. We did rhythmic counting using a number chart so children know that there is a resource available for them to use. As a follow up activity children had to take photo's of counting in 2's to show their learning. The children were engaged and enjoyed doing this activity.

Monday, 5 June 2017


At our Manaiakalani PLG last week Dorothy invited a special guest speaker, Professor Graeme Aitken (University of Auckland). I found him very inspiring as he talked about inquiring collaboratively into effective teaching practise. For learners to be successful we need focus on three areas: Interest and Enjoyment of Learning, Confidence and Achievement.

This made me think of my own teaching practise and what I can do create enjoyment, build self confidence with my learners so that they can achieve. I am now looking at resources and activities like maths board games, cards and create some Explain Everything activities to keep children motivated and interested in their learning.

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Monday, 29 May 2017

How to download an Explain Everything activity from your folder onto your teacher iPad.

This short video shows you how to download an Explain Everything activity from your folder onto your teacher iPad to repurpose, rename and reshare.