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3-Read Friday #009
Maths resources, action bias, and fun lessons
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Here are three blog posts that I found interesting this week.
Jo’s Maths Gems are my all-time favourite series of blog posts. Every few weeks, she scours the Internet to pick out the best ideas, resources and pedagogies shared by maths teachers. Even 172 editions in, the quality remains fantastic. In this issue, I particularly loved Nathan Day’s snake task structure and Hannah Smithe’s speak like a scholar resources.
There’s loads of fascinating stuff in this blog, but the thing that really stood out to me was the discussion on action bias when teachers are being observed. I see this all the time when coaching and supporting teachers: when being watched, teachers feel the need to do something rather than nothing. As a result, they end up doing things that might not be in students’ best interests, like reducing wait times, rushing explanations, or simply failing to shut up and just letting students crack on.
We have all been asked that question, especially at this time of year. But how to answer it without instigating a riot? Well, Thahmina has some great suggestions (and some things to avoid!) in this post. I think the point made in the final section is the most important: learning is not the antithesis of fun
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