This year, Clarelle Carruthers, Danni Stone and myself have decided to undertake a collaborative inquiry with a focus on raising achievement in Maths.
We met on Friday to discuss our inquiry:
Inquiry Focus: How do we accelerate achievement in maths when students have a range of maths abilities with various gaps in maths knowledge?
Possible strategies/ hunches (What might work? What can I try? Ideas to investigate):
-Understanding the subtraction addition relationship, multiplication, division.
-Fractions of a set, order fraction, fraction to decimals.
- Maths as a real world skill.
-Discuss in maths.
-Maths as a collaborative skill. Multiple parts to a problem, individuals working in parallel.
The start of an Action Plan
- Knowledge check lists.
- Asttle- Read to the kids
What does Maths Whizz add to the data?
We also discussed the Manaiakalani Data that I pulled out in my last blog post. We shared a concern of what this data showed and agreed that this inquiry is essential for our school. We are keen to survey our senior management team to figure out why they think this might be the case and what they think of maths in the school.
Since Clarelle and Danni are in the classrooms, they will be spending the next couple of weeks Gloss testing and undertaking the Maths PAT tests. I will then go in to support Clarelle with undertaking Asttle tests on children we identify as our priority group of students. We want to read this test to the children so remove any barrier that reading may have for these students. While Clarelle and Danni focus on the testing, I am going to put together a survey for our teachers as well as our senior management to start painting a wider picture of the challenge we face.
You can find more out about our inquiry by visiting Clarelle's and Danni's blogs.