I knew I was in for a fun ride learning Math when we did the card tricks in the first lesson. As mentioned in the my first entry, Math & me doesnt go along together. But I am glad that I did enjoy myself over the 6 sessions.
Going out to the library as part of the group activity & to think and planned out activities reminded me of Reggio Emilia. One of the things that I did in school with the children was integrating Math with outdoor activities. The children very much enjoyed themselves and at the same time learnt about Math. Math is afterall supposedly fun.
I am not sure if primsry school children now have more opportunities as such. I could not recall if I did any of such activities when in primary school. Hopefully, it wont be about just worksheets & tough problem-solving as I did notice the amount of stress that these children have. And hopefully parents or teachers do not push the children until they eventually hated the subject.
So what is geometry? Shapes, angles, lines?
That is the concept that i learnt when i was in school.
I found today’s lesson interesting and with the activities that we had in school, it made it more fun!
The tangrams or otherwise known as the 7 boards of skill are often used as one of the free plays in my school. Similarly to what we do in class i often asked the children to form shapes using the tangrams.
We also used other geometric shapes to form an object. The children would often be proud of themselves if they successfully formed the objects.
Thank you to Dr Yeap for introducing other activies that I can do with my children in class.
As mentioned earlier, this is the first time that I’m teaching Math to an older age group. Therefore, having to go through this course & reading the text has helped refresh my memory on the Math concept.
I also feel that te extensive Math program & the resources that i have in my workplace has facilitate my teaching of Math in the classroom.
Here are some of the topics we covered in class:
In this century, we all know the wonders of technology has impact on us.
Switching on the laptop when I am at home is like second nature to me. I use the computer to do lesson plans, portfolios, assignments, research and etc. I can’t imagine life without technology now. And I must say that having a smart phone or Iphone has definitely made me rely on the technology even more. So why not make use of the technology and use it in school with the children instead of just personal use?
Many times, I used the laptop as a tool to show videos, presentations of the unit of enquiry that took place in classroom. Be it Math, Science, Literacy I am sure that we can think of many ways to use the computer to teach the young children. Children inquisitive in nature will definitely be wowed with the use of this technology and that makes the lesson much more fun than just facing the white boards.
I remembered having fun during one of the sessions when I was in primary school. My teachers would show how the software works and allow us to explore the program. I am sure that with the advancement of technology children can benefit even more and that makes their learning experience much more fun!
I have my reservation about this entry because I was confused with the term Place Value.
Well, I have only started teaching the Pre-Kindergarten level a few months ago and have been with the Playgroup class. Yes, I have lost touch with most of the concepts mentioned in the text.
So what is it about again?
I wish i have more input about this blog entry. Unfortunately, i have missed out on Lesson 4 and am clueless about this blog entry. 🙂 Let me get back to this again.
Okay so what was it all about?
Problem-solving. Ahh yes. I am sure we all know what problem solving is.
According to the text, teaching through problem solving requires a paradigm shift. As teachers, we are to think about how the children learn and how he or she can best help the children to learn. I think it is important to know that teacher problem solving should not onlybe confine to the classroom setting only. Children need more concrete and hands-on learning experience to faciliate their learning. Bringing the learning experience out of the classroom is one way to do it.
For example one of the tasks that we did was to go to places around the school and we had to plan out activities based on the place we chose. My group picked the National Library Board. There were so many things to look at and one of the subjects that we thought of is learning about Geometry or Shapes. Small square, big square. Rectangles, circles. It is amazing the things we can find outdoors that we can used to teach Math! Outdoor places can offer a wide range of learning opportunities for the children.
If you have read the text on page 51, it talked about the ‘During Phase of a Lesson’. I felt that my group has planned out activities that follows through the phases mentioned in the text. For example, ‘Let Go!’ – Allowing the children to explore the place to look out for shapes. ‘Listen Actively’ – Children are to work in groups and from here teachers can make observations and assessment of the strategies that children come out with. ”Provide worthwhile extensions’ – Having extension activities that children can work on during and after the field trip.
And of course teachers can always continue on to the After Phase when children have gotten a hang of the subject.
So, make your children’s learning worthwhile!