As a subject maths can translate to the real world easily. Maths is all around us from baking to catching the train, to doing DIY for example. Maths is also a visual subject, just by using Lego, counters or small toys like Trash Packs or Shopkins etc the manipulation brings numbers to life. Maths cannot be taught just by pushing numbers, shapes and coins around a page, they have to be manipulated to experience real maths. Clock hands need to be turned and angles need to be made. Just by drawing angles or clock hands falls short of the real maths experience every child deserves.
The Language Conventions test is probably the hardest to learn without direct instruction. Direct instruction does not have to come from worksheets. Children can learn far more from fluid conversations and discussion with modelling of concepts. The mechanics of language are learned over time and there is a tendency to push this earlier and earlier. All this knowledge comes with time, practice and experience, these conventions are not in oral language and so have to be consciously learned. Rote learning will not concrete any concepts. It is only in the concrete that children can then adapt and process this knowledge to use it further. Continue reading
Love it or hate it the standardized test is here to stay, at least for a while yet! There is no doubt that many schools now teach to the test and this is a sad state of affairs but who can blame them? We live in a world of statistics and tables and everybody is running for first place. Continue reading