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Teachers Talking Theory: In Action - Tom Rainbow


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Created on 07 May 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 20 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator

Teachers Talking Theory

 
Teachers Talking Theory: In Action is a set of professional development resources which comprise of video clips and associated activities. The materials can stimulate discussion and experimentation and are designed to be used in many different scenarios.
 
Tom Rainbow, Ivybridge Community College
Themes
 
Making the best of working in groups
 
Questioning to encourage deep mathematical thinking

Tom is interested in working on ways of helping his students to understand the conceptual structures within the mathematics he is teaching. He strives to find ways of helping them to generalise in order gain a deep understanding. He is particularly interested in developing strategies for effective questioning and group work.

 

Probes & Prompts

 

Tom discusses the potential problems associated with group work and his ways of overcoming these. Do you agree with these? How do you structure group work in your classroom? Share some strategies with your colleagues.

 

Tom talks about the tensions involved in always trying to follow up students’ thoughts and ideas in whole class discussion. What are your views?
 
Click here to view more probes and prompts which can be used with this video

 
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Encouraging deep mathematical thinking
 
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Students feeling positive about how they learn

 

Children making their own decisions when solving problems

 

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