Thursday, 2 July 2015

What are interactive math spaces?

Interactive Learning Spaces
  1. engaging child centred learning
  2. reinforce visual learning pathways
  3. create opportunities for developing self directed learning
  4. create opportunities for self management
  5. displays learning for parents
  6. invites learning before school for behaviour management
  7. becomes another teacher in your classroom.

Things to consider:
  • catering for different learning styles - ind, small group, quiet area, discussion areas.
  • clean tidy and represents a love for learning
  • looks like fun and inviting
  • pathways with furniture to prevent running

Interactive wall space for children to have discussions around, parents to view and understand the language of learning and for maths
Challenge Board - pose a problem for all to solve on a whiteboard
Investigating Book
- an exercise book that children have freedom to explore practice, consolidate their learning in maths, writing, handwriting, art, science.
Rules - no crayons or felts, but can use colour, pens, pencils
must show respect at all times
cannot take home til book is full
Visual pathways for children to know and understand next steps and recognise prior learning
Equipment is organised, accessible to students and managed with respect throughout the day
Are you teaching your children how to learn?
How to use equipment to achieve their goal?
How to test each other?`
How to show their thinking in different ways?
Classroom Number Space
Room for learning on the floor and at tables
Looks inviting, exciting and fun welcoming the exploration of new ideas
Space for exploring and space for working

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Math Work Books
  • Are they for sharing thinking and  learning or  storing worksheets?
  • dated?
  • marked?
  • celebrate achievements?
  • reflects work that inspires further learning, celebration of learning or requires clarification of new learning and understanding? How do the students know this?
  • Are they a portfolio of a learning journey in maths?
Linking to Literacy - students who struggle with maths often struggle with reading.
What considerations do you have in place for supporting literacy with numeracy?
How could this be shown in your classroom space?

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