Monday, 28 July 2014

Our First Buddy Maths


Kizoa slideshow: Buddy Maths W1 - Slideshow
We are excited to announce that we have started a new initiative at our school called 'Buddy Maths'. We have been inspired by the book 'The Elephant in the Classroom: Helping Children Learn and Love Maths'. Here is one of numerous quotes straight out of the book that has motivated us to plan and teach 'Buddy Maths': “Students who struggle with mathematics, are helped by engaging in discussions about maths with students who are working at higher levels. Different research studies have found that when students work in mixed groups, the achievement of the high achieving students is unaltered but the achievement of lower achieving students is increase”
Hence we have buddied up across the school with various classes. Half of our Room 8 students had Buddy Maths on Friday with Room 2. We worked on questions called, 'The mathematics of our bodies'. We has to test out true or false statements, such as, "Is the length of your forearm the same length as your foot?" Children enjoyed this practical introduction into measurement. When asked, all children reported that they loved working in groups together. We can't wait for Buddy Maths again this Friday!

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