illustrations of practice
Problem based learning in Maths - community of practice
In late 2015, I began work to initiate a Community of Practice (Professional Learning Community) aimed at developing the pedagogical repertoire of all mathematics teachers who are looking to create and harness the intellectual need of their students.
Through this initiative I was able to demonstrate evidence of Standard 2 within Focus areas 4.1 and 4.2 - Support student participation and Manage classroom activities at the Lead level: Initiate strategies and lead colleagues to implement effective classroom management and promote student responsibility for learning; Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.
Through teaching various classes, some of similar class contexts and year levels, I have learnt to adapt my teaching style to cater of the learning needs of all students in the class. Through learning strategies to deal with challenging behaviour I have been able to reflect and share strategies employed with colleagues. To document this and expand the audience to whom I am sharing with, I regularly write blog posts through which I elaborate and reflect. In particular I have been able to articulate ways in which I have found effective to engage boys in mathematics. By doing so, I feel that I have effectively demonstrated evidence of Focus area 4.3 - Manage challenging behaviour at the Highly Accomplished Level: Develop and share with colleagues a flexible repertoire of behaviour management strategies using expert knowledge and workplace experience.