.There are times when you are teaching that you realise you are looking outwards when you should be looking inwards. When looking through many of the tweets I read about teaching I came across one that seemed particularly appealing and that I wanted to know more about.
The reason I found it to be so appealling is that it seemed to take something that I have used with students for years and instead of turning the spotlight on what they choose to spend their time on in class, it was putting the spotlight on what choose to spend my time on in class.
Typically I have used this idea of time to give students a sense for how much of their school year the may be wasting by some of the choices they make in regards to being slow to start and in attempting to pack up early. The idea I look at with them is quite simple. There are 40 mins in a lesson and 40 weeks in a school year. Therefore if they choose to waste 1 min every lesson then over 1 year this will equate to 1 week of schooling, Therefore it they take 5 mins to get to class and get ready to start and then try to pack up 5 mins early then that is 10 mins each lesson and 10 weeks or 1 term of schooling missed each year.
I was really excited to see that the talk was posted online (see below). The way Andrew Stadel looked at this in his talk was in ensuring that we look at ourselves and the way we choose to spend class time with the same level of scrutiny. He advocated the idea that we need to use the lack of time our advantage to really focus on those practices that are most effective, to squeeze as much learning out of that time rather than focussing on ineffective practices. I would take that one step further, but along similar lines and say that I should not be spending 1 minute on something that I am not prepared for students to spend 1 week on.
Mathematics Coach and Coordinator in Regional South Australia. Current driving the Empowering Local Learners project as a numeracy strategy from pre-school to senior secondary.
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