Dear Parents, Carers and Students of MPWPS
Term 4 is usually a very busy term and 2018 is no different for us.
We commenced the term with our Mathematics consultants Chris Coombes and offside Jess Batanovic working with the 5/6 team and then the Foundation and Year 1 team Problem Bases learning in fractions and then around developing number skill and thinking. Finding out what children already know and then planning a problem for them to demonstrate their thinking is the basis of this style of learning. Complimenting these skills are automatic number facts and building the capacity to talk show what they have done to solve the problem. In the sessions with Chris and Jess today, the teachers completed problems using this learning model, becoming the learners. After school the whole staff had a chance to work within a Problem Based Learning problem and understand the structure. Although there is a link between Problem Based Learning and Problem Solving, the first is a way of thinking and explaining for deeper understanding of mathematics whilst the other is a to solve a problem and get and answer; still very valuable. It is the goal that our students will be challenged and engaged by this method of learning and developed mathematic skill and knowledge.