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Problem solving together
Transcript of Problem solving together
what do the kids think?
Year 4/5 Class (Terms 3 and 4)
what the teachers say..
The lovely ladies that allowed me into their classrooms!
Year 5/6 class...why?
Problem solving together
MST 2 2014
Berhampore School, Wellington
Montessori and Conventional School
60% ELL Learners
10% Complex and High Needs
21 Ethnicities (including Somali, Indian,
Iraqi, Filipino, Chinese, etc.)
Students from both classes were asked...
What does problem solving look like in class?
What do you like about it?
What do we do after problem solving in class? (MST students only)
Year 5 MST Student
Year 6 MST student
year 5 Mst student
year 5 mst student
year 5 (mst 2013)
year 4/5 teacher
year 5/6 teacher / MST trained Teacher
How can I better support or track the MST students when they go back to class, or come off the programme?
MST 1 2013
Grouped across classes to create small groups (similar or complementary needs).
School based problems (shared experience and learning across cultures)
Combined Number and Strand as much as possible.
But what about after they leave the group?
Challenges that I experience with transitioning back to class: TIME
Lack of time to observe students or teachers in their own class.
To communicate current learning in class or in MST group.
A large portion of the class were ex MST students.
Many needed to be picked up.
Opportunity to combine efforts with another MST Teacher (Nicki).
I went into their class rather than taking them all out.
Setting it up
Co-created (with students) expectations for maths behaviour and participation.
Fostering a maths community within the class (breaking down barriers, encouraging risk taking, etc.)
Used Talk moves to facilitate maths understanding and discussion.
High Expectations of whole class (MST students especially)
School based problems
Calculating costs of camp
Whole school learning about
dinosaurs and fossils.
Modelling whole class problem solving and actively involving ex and current MST students.
Co-created expectations (same as other class).
Timetable to make
4 groups (both intakes) seen 3 times a week.
45 minute whole class problem solving, then MST group continues with me.
Both of us able to support the class