If you’d like to read Part One of this blog post click here.
As a result of my personal reflections and conversations with my colleagues we have come up with another way to review math material. This process can be used with any review you’d like to do, not just for the PATs. We feel that the process will be powerful for students and encompass most of the seven process skills (technology is not always included) outlined in our Alberta Program of Studies. We are taking a ‘Dan Meyer’ approach where students create their own questions based on a given context and then we encourage students to become active in their learning and be problem solvers. We get them to predict answers, share strategies and talk, talk, talk about the math they are doing. We have included teaching notes at the beginning of the Notebook file that explain the steps, benefits, extensions, etc. of what I am sharing here.
I have created two short podcasts (Parts 1 & 2) showing how we intend to use the Notebook file in classrooms. Even though we have provided teacher notes for you, PLEASE watch these podcasts before opening and/or downloading the file.
If you would like to download the complete Notebook file, which includes the teaching notes, click here. If you would like to download this file but don’t have the Notebook software you can download the pdf version here.
What do you think of this approach? Nothing too earth shattering but we think it is blending several great pedagogical strategies along with taking advantage of SMART Board capabilities. Please let me know how your students respond if you try it in class. We’d appreciate your feedback.
PS – I want to send out a huge THANK YOU to my colleagues Carla and Pat. I couldn’t have done this without you 🙂