Tuesday, 9 June 2015

New Maths: Talk Moves

This year our school is continuing with maths professional development however the approach has changed. Building on the diagnostic approach and direct instruction from the previous year; the new focus is on Problem Solving and Talk Moves.
Here is some of the literature behind the Talk Moves initiative. The main idea is that maths thinking and learning is supported and developed through talk, between the teacher and students but with the emphasis on discussion being student-led.
The five practices of Talk Moves are
  1. Anticipating
  2. Monitoring
  3. Selecting
  4. Sequencing
  5. Connecting
Anticipating:
How will the students answer the problem?
What strategies might they use?
What might be their misconceptions?
An activity that is likely to increase the amount of time spent in planning a lesson.
Monitoring:
Give the students the problem and then allow them independent thinking time to answer it.
Record the different strategies during anticipating and then using that to record when monitoring what students are using each strategy. Not just watching but also questioning students to check their understanding.
Selecting and Sequencing:
Identify students that have got a correct strategy, although still choosing the students who have common misconceptions and sharing and discussing those answers too. Try to have students sequenced through their different strategies eg. from additive to multiplicative.
Connecting:
The Teacher draws connections between each of the students’ strategies. Highlights different strategies or indicates progression from additive to multiplicative thinking.

This approach seems quite different, noticeably in lesson delivery, than the previous years maths instruction. As such I have identified that I need to focus on my maths instruction and have set the implementation of this approach, merged with the previous years approach, as a goal of mine this year.