Thursday, 31 July 2014

Different Ways to Teaching the Same Thing!

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn."
-Phil Collins

Today reminded me about the importance of really thinking of ways to make learning fun! I think it is really easy to get into a groove of just teaching in one way, or just using one form of learning (such as netbooks...) and forgetting about the creative ways of learning that really influence our children!

Room 5 were using the PPDAC model to complete a statistical investigation. We wanted them to learn the key vocabulary associated with statistical investigations. To do this, instead of creating a quiz, or using their netbooks, I decided that we would complete a REAL investigation and learn the key terms by actually using them with some real data that the children enjoyed collecting! We completed some research on 'behalf of Tip Top' to see if there were enough goody goody gumdrops in their ice cream. And what a great lesson of learning. As I type this, I can hear the discussions around me - "No, the median is the middle number of the lowest data to the highest data in order!" "You find the mean by adding all the numbers then dividing it by how many people there were." (etc). 

A very fun and successful lesson. And a good reminder to me that even if you have taught a lesson before, with a new class the learning can be completely different!