Digging in to addition of fractions using this prompt from inquirymaths.com. After a whole class discussion framed around questions and comments students worked with partners to explore their chosen question. I like the students' use of manipulative to explain the calculations.
Show Me The Maths!
I discovered these quirky and playful short films by the mathemusician, Vi Hart, via 'Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You Had'. I've tried to instill in my students the idea of 'playing with maths' and also encourage them to see and make sense of the mathematical beauty in the world around them. After watching the … Continue reading Show Me The Maths!
Provocation for area inquiry
What do you do when a prompt or provocation doesn't take the learning anywhere new? We are coming to the end of our current unit exploring 2D shape and space. There has been some powerful inquiry driven by the students through carefully chosen prompts and provocations. However, none of them have led us to digging deeper into the concept … Continue reading Provocation for area inquiry
Today I introduced a small group of my students to 'prompts'. We talked about the idea of them asking the questions. What do they want to know more about? What is interesting or confusing? My go-to site for prompts is Andrew Blair's inquirymaths.com. Here's how it went: pairs were given 10 mins with the prompt … Continue reading Rectangle Inquiry
Using prompts to drive inquiry
"Inquiry Maths is a model of teaching that encourages students to regulate their own activity while exploring a mathematical statement (called a prompt). Inquiries can involve a class on diverse paths of exploration or in listening to a teacher's explanation. In Inquiry Maths, students take responsibility for directing the lesson with the teacher acting as the … Continue reading Using prompts to drive inquiry