After two years of thinking, Maths Like a Pirate is the result. My hope is that Maths Like a Pirate is a nudge forward towards shifting assumptions about knowledge and furthering a culture where students are the producers and builders of knowledge.
Pirates interrupt the mediocre...
Pirates settle for nothing untill they have the treasure...
Its not what a pirate knows, its what a pirate does with what they know...
Pirates interrupt what is normal...
Pirates work hard and play hard...
Pirates will use what ever strategy they have available to obtain and keep treasure!
Questions I ask:
1. What might knowledge building look like in the classroom?
2. If Knowledge is about movement, then what is moving in this Maths lesson?
3. If knowledge is about change, then what is changing in this Maths lesson?
4. If one of the principles in the NZC is to be future-focused. How is this lesson working with uncertainty?
5. What could future-oriented 21st century teaching really look like when teaching Maths?
1. The importance of play, passion and purpose
Tony Wagner (a more in depth outline of Wagner's work at the end of this post)
2. Idea Improvement
Central to the steps towards innovative thinking and outcomes.
Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School
3. Problem identification to sit along side problem solvingTony Ryan @aussietony
4. Ethical and critical use of technology in the classroom.
Not as a means to an end but to understand the nature and possibilities of education.
Aim: to be able to use technology in education ethically and critically to nudge and disrupt assumptions about the deterministic effects and impact of technology.
Keri Facer Neil Selwyn eds The Politics of Education and TechnologyThe Politics of Education
5. Explore and engage with the 2014 Digital Trends Core Education
The two emphasis for Maths Like a Pirate and my Mathematical Teaching Inquiry: Building on Student Thinking are:
a) Learner Agency
"Where students have the power to act" - @dwenmoth
b) New Approaches to Assessment
"Processes that cater for a learner centred approach" - @dwenmoth
6. Collaborate to learn
Exploring Sugata Mitra's ideas around a Self Organised Learning Environment. Where Minimally invasive Education (MIE) is valued. Sugata's research showed students will Collaborate to learn and learn to collaborate
7. Knowledge Building
What could knowledge building as identified by Scardamalia and Bereiter possibly look like in the classroom? Leaners shifting from being consumers to producers of knowledge.
8. Future Focussed
9. NZ on the Edge
This is a work in progress post - Watch this space!
Outline of Tony Wagner's work:
The importance Play, Passion, Purpose