I’m passionate about helping all children to become effective problem-solvers. Over the last 3 years, I’ve done a huge amount of work on helping children to deconstruct multi-step word questions using techniques similar to those described here by Brian Bushart or here by The Erikson Institute for Early Math.
The focus is all about getting children to focus on the deep structure of a question by removing the need for children to find the single definitive answer. It’s far too big a topic for me to write about in a blog, but this video gives an insight by showing how a SATS question can be deconstructed:
I’m going to embark on a big project to give teachers the resources to outwork these ideas in the classroom, initially in UKS2, and I’d like to get input/inspiration from as many people as possible before I start work on the resource.
As such, I’m holding two free 30-minute Zoom sessions where I will spend 15 minutes explaining my ideas, then I will provide an open forum for people to give their thoughts and suggestions. And no pressure to contribute! You are very welcome to join in without having to interact. I will also share lots of free resources in the upcoming months to everyone on my mailing list as I create and trial the resource:
Register for the session on Tuesday 25th January, 12:30pm-1:00pm
Register for the session on Wednesday 26th January, 6:30pm-7:00pm
I hope this project will help children to flourish as mathematical problem-solvers. I’d love to see you there!