Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Talking about Maths

Today in Maths we were learning about how we can talk and share our ideas so that other people know what we are thinking.

We have been practising having some time to ourselves to really think deeply about what the problem is asking us and how we might solve it. This thinking time is really important as it gives everyone an opportunity to try and break down the problem. Once we have thought of an idea we challenge ourselves by trying to think of a different way we might solve the same problem. Often there are many ways and it is fun to find as many as we can.

Then after everyone has had a chance to think we turn to a buddy and share our ideas. It's great to listen to the ideas of others as it opens up our perspectives and helps us think about things in a different way.

After we have shared we all have a go at explaining our thinking. Carl does a bit of revoicing and helps to link the strategy we are using. Then we think about which strategy we would use next time we find a problem like this.

There are no wrong answers when we work like this. Any misconceptions are celebrated as chances for us to grow our brains. Here is a link to a video by Jo Boaler that talks about how we can use mistakes to help us learn. By using a growth mindset we know that mistakes are just new opportunities for learning.

So next time you are talking about maths don't fixate on a wrong answer. Instead celebrate all the amazing new learning you are about to dive into.

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1 comment:

  1. Great blog post! Great to see Number Frog. Yes, mistakes help the brain to grow... Exciting.