Quality Beginnings

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Posted by misscarey | Posted in Quality Beginnings | Posted on 17/02/2016

We have started the year with our Quality Beginnings program. Students have been learning how to learn, including thinking about how they learn best and what makes learning difficult.

During this time they have been learning and practicing the expectations for playing cooperative maths games. These maths games are aimed at developing their understanding of topics, fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills. A little fun also helps them to enjoy the learning experience. These games are often easy for your child to play at home with very little equipment. All you need are often a deck of cards, a dice and some paper.

In Literacy, we have been making iCharts and setting up our Daily 5 expectations. We are also building our stamina so that we can read for longer.

Discoveries is now called Mappen for Years 3-6. Our topic this term is Identity. This has fitted in really well with Quality Beginnings as the students have been learning about themselves as a learner, member of 3/4C and the Middle School community.

Quality Beginnings – Numeracy

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Posted by misscarey | Posted in Numeracy | Posted on 16/02/2015

In Numeracy we have been teaching students to play maths games cooperatively. Games are used in our Numeracy lessons a lot as they allow students to enter the game with varying skills and leave with extra skills gained. Many of the games that they will play are modified for different students so that they can develop their fluency, practice strategies or be challenged to solve problems and explain their reasoning.

One of the games that students have been learning to play is called ‘Get out of my House’, it is a game that requires students to play cooperatively with a partner and use addition strategies. As students become comfortable playing the game, the game will be modified for some students to practice the skills outlined above.

Here are some photos of students playing ‘Get out of my House’.

Quality Beginnings – Growth Mindset ‘Power of Yet’

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Posted by misscarey | Posted in Quality Beginnings | Posted on 16/02/2015

During Quality Beginnings, students have started learning about an interesting thing called ‘Growth Mindset’. The students have been learning that they can do anything if they put their mind to it and have a growth mindset because they have an ‘elastic brain’ that stretches and grows when they challenge themselves or learn something. A student with a growth mindset is more likely to become a high achiever and more confident. A student with a fixed mindset may not achieve their full potential and may be less confident.

Let’s compare the two from some posters that are displayed in our classroom:

Growth mindset posters

We watched a video called ‘The Power of Yet’ it is a fun and engaging video that shows Sesame Street characters learning from their mistakes, through persistence, coaching and encouragement.

If you find that your child has a fixed mindset and struggles with some of their learning you can use the language that we use at school. Say to your child “You may not have/know/be able to do (a skill, strategy or fact) YET! But with practice you will.” If you try this at home let me know how it goes in the comments below. Here are some things that some of the students in 1/2C can’t do yet, but will be able to do with practice.

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