Student Viewpoints on Alberta’s “new revised” Mathematics Program K-12

With the drastic change of pedagogy behind the new revised Mathematics Program of Studies, I was curious as to how students were perceiving this change.  I wanted to know how they saw things from their own viewpoints.  Did students find the shift to an inquiry based approach to be helpful in their studies?  Were they comfortable taking part in these risk taking activities?  Was it helpful to work in groups instead of the traditional row/seat work or did they find it distracting?  Were students applying personal strategies in their work or reverting to the standard algorithm?  Many such questions were running through my mind so I decided to meet with some students in grades six and five to explore these questions more.

With parent permission I began videotaping some of my students (past and present) about how they were finding the changes in their math classes.  I am showcasing four of these student viewpoints on my site today.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/Grade%20six%20student%201.wmv

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/Grade%20six%20student%202.wmv

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/Grade%20six%20student%20two%20part%20two.wmv

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/grade%20six%20student%20three.wmvhttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/17156638/Grade%20six%20student%20four.wmv

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About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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