Daily we pose questions to students with different purposes that take on many forms. Teaching to big ideas involves posing a particular kind of question. A question that can frame our learning goals, are not answerable in a single lesson or a brief sentence. Mctighe and Wiggins describe these questions as “Essential Questions”. An essential question:
I am continually trying to infuse “My Prairie Spirit Classroom” (MPSC) in my classroom as I continue to provide the best educational experience possible for my students. MPSC provides a framework for how we learn, as well as how we facilitate learning. The “classroom” in MPSC refers to any gathering of students, adults or combination of students and adults who are meeting to learn. One of my professional goals is to work on teaching mathematics with big ideas and essential questions.
A learning community has been formed with other teachers who are working on the same goal of integrating big ideas in to their teaching. This learning community gives us an opportunity to collaborate, discuss, share and support one another throughout this learning journey.
Being part of the professional book club at Clavet Composite last year gave me another opportunity to read Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros again. I had read the book on my own a couple years before but there is something to say about reading a book with colleagues and having the opportunity to discuss the book, challenge each other and support one another as we all chose to take risks in our classrooms. But blogging was a risk I was not quite ready to take, until...
I had a recent conversation with Curtis Howe, who is a friend and teacher from a school in Saskatoon who is reading Innovator’s Mindset for the second time as well, Curtis took the leap and has begun blogging, a risk I was not willing to take last year. He invited me to his school to talk about his journey into blogging, which got me thinking. If he is willing to try something new and if I ask students to take risks everyday in my classroom then I need to muster up some courage and lead my grade 3 students by example by beginning to blog myself. So here it goes!
I read that if you write your goals down you are more likely to complete them, therefore my goal is to blog twice a month on learnings, teachings and relevant issues in mathematics, which is a huge passion of mine.