R.I.S.E Term 3
Critical Thinking and Questioning in Mathematics
Over the last term I have been focusing on the goal of ‘effectively establish routines for questioning that promote critical thinking, particularly in the area of Mathematics.’ In class I have been using teacher group time during fluency groups to really focus on establishing routines and introducing students to the teachers expectations. I have found by pre planning my questions and linking them to the language used in the clinical interviews has allowed my students to develop their understanding of the language they require to be successful e.g. equal, groups, share, altogether.
After meeting with my R.I.S.E partner Sally today I have decided to continue to work on this goal next term. My focus for next term will be to ensure all students are thinking critically about all questions and not just the questions the teacher has directed at them. One strategy I will use to achieve this is giving student's time to think about the answer, then share their answers with a friend before the teacher choose student's to share with the group (think-pair-share) strategy. A second strategy I will try is to have the student's sit on their hands and all think about an answer before the teacher choose student's to share.
I have found my R.I.S.E time this term extremely useful as Sally’s goal is linked to writing goals with Year 2 student's and some of the strategies we have talked about her trying with her class I will also try with my Kindy student's.