Trying to keep my blog current. It seems I get caught up and the days just fly by. When Friday rolls around I have the time and leisure to read and write blogs and twitter, but yet I am exhausted and drained.
This was a good week, math coach came in on Monday and she is always helpful, this time just confirming what I've been thinking. Time to really switch over to the math workshop model. I started the year off following the training I got over the summer on our new textbook series Math in Focus, but so far it seems like too much of direct instruction. After the dismal 1st test results I've decided to fully commit to workshop or at least more student problem solving. So far this week I've been pleased with the way things are going.
Definitely need to blog more often about what is happening in my classroom daily. Like I said by Friday, my brain is kinda mush.
One thing I can share today though is a new strategy I tried out called TAPPS, Think aloud, partner pair and share. One student is the problem solver, the other is the listener. The problem solver has to solve the problem aloud while the listener listens and writes it down. It is the problem solvers job to make sure the listener understands the problem and how to get the solution. Then the listener shares with the class or the teacher explaining the steps and answering any questions. If the listener notices a mistake they are not allowed to interrupt with "No! that not how you do it you have to do this..." The only thing they can do is say things like "I don't understand why did you do that?" Questions to make the problem solver really reason out why they are doing each step.
It worked great with my students. A lot of them said they could solve the problem easily but had a hard time explaining it to their partner. That is what really sold me on this, I am so happy that they are going to have a chance to practice communicating about math!