Growing is learning, or is learning growing?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Marjan, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Since reading Jo Boaler’s “The Elephant in the Classroom”,  I have found the concept of growth versus fixed mindsets fascinating. It explained many experiences I have had of people who were convinced they could not do maths and would never be able to learn maths. This is a culture which will be very hard to […]

Maths, mistakes and memory

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Marjan, Uncategorized | No Comments

I found that this week’s task linked back to several ideas from previous tasks. Matthew Syed’s video reminded me of Jo Boaler’s “An Elephant in the classroom” about growth mindsets and fixed mindsets and how this influences maths learning. The fixed mindset says: ‘I can’t do maths’ while in a growth mindset everyone can learn […]

Twins – One ‘Can’t do Maths’ but One ‘Can’.

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Ash, Uncategorized | No Comments

I really enjoyed the talk by Mathew Syed this week. He starts off by expressing that within our western world we have developed a culture where we view high performance as governed by natural talent. It leads me to question whether our School system has a part to play in this. Syed mentions about the […]

Technology: tool or trap?

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Marjan, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I was disappointed by Conrad Wolfram’s talk because he mainly seemed to focus on reducing time-consuming hand calculations by replacing this with computer automated calculations. This is how computers are used in many professions but not necessarily the most important use of technology in teaching. Understanding a concept will surely involve learning HOW to do […]

Follow the yellow brick road?…. Or discover something new?

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Emma, Uncategorized | No Comments

Video – Article – In the video, Jo Boaler explains how teachers are stuck in a cycle where they teach their students the way they were taught when they were students which means that there has been no real progression in maths classrooms. Boaler advocates students choosing their own ideas and developing their […]

Let’s learn from our global teachers.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Ash, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

OK so last week I may have come across a little strong on my views of Khan. I would just like to add that on reflection there are some ideas within the academy such as student tracking and global interaction which, if implemented correctly, of course would be great! Previously I stated that the videos […]

One teaching style fits all? I don’t think so.

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Marjan, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

The more we read and watch in this module, the more I find myself thinking that most authors and presenters focus on one way of teaching to the exclusion of another which they allude to as bad teaching. In this task, Michael Pershan describes the Khan Academy videos as ‘old-fashioned’ explain and then practice. He […]

How we learn = how to teach?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Marjan, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

“I’m no good at maths !” How often do we hear this, not only in the US and UK but also in the Netherlands and even said with pride, no embarrassment whatsoever. I do think everyone can learn maths and it’s one of reasons for me to become a teacher. This task’s article and videos […]

Super Jiji the Penguin

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | One Comment

Students quite often complain that mathematics is too hard, yet they make use of skills, when playing video games, that are not very different from those needed to learn mathematics. Could these skills be transferred into a learning environment? In his article, Gee seems to say that, if we could turn mathematics, or any other […]

Ms. Pac-Maths

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Emma, Uncategorized | One Comment

Peterson, like Dan Meyer, believes that current maths problems in schools are too word-heavy. Rather than reducing these word problems down to the vital information and letting students ask the questions as Dan Meyer suggests, Perterson wants to take it one step further and remove all the words using gaming. I can see the positive […]