Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sixth Session: Mathematics Teaching in Practice and Lesson Study

Today we had our second quiz. I thought it was tougher compared to the first one. We had to create our own problems based on these equations.

The first two questions were manageable. But the last two were really hard! I really respect those teachers who created math questions. It needs lots of  skills and understanding to set the questions. Solving is a skill and creating is a mastery.

After which we were introduced to a game - Salute.

How to play?
1. Form a group of 3. (To make it more challenging, add more players)
2. Player 1 and 2 will each take a card without looking and place it on the forehead.
3. Player 3 will multiply the two numbers shown on both cards and tell the answer to Player 1 and Player 2.
4. Player 1 and 2 will then have to guess what number he/she is holding.

It was a fun game! We had so much fun calculating and it really brought back memories when I studied my multiplication. Our group decided to challenge ourselves and added two more players. It was insane! We took quite awhile to count and one of our friends is really good in multiplication. The rest were flashing out our calculators on iPhone and she amazingly survived without! Cool! This game is good to introduce to older children who are learning multiplication. I'll introduce this game to my preschoolers too. However, instead of multiplying, I differentiate it and change it to addition/subtraction.

It has come to the last session of the module. I've learnt pretty much from Dr. Yeap and my fellow classmates. Without them, I guess I would not be able to survive for the past nights. Thank you everybody!

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