I met with a group of recently trained MR Tracker teachers
I started be asking them three questions:
Q1: What did you learn from the assessment interviews?
- We can underestimate the ability of children
- It highlighted areas of difficulty and suggested why they were struggling
- Took a lot of time
- numbers across the decades are tricky
- It highlighted the discrepancy between verbal and written maths
- Children rely too much on their teacher’s approval
- There is a lot more to early numeracy than level A would indicate.
Q: How have your lessons changed?
- More Practical
- I take more time reinforce and consolidate skills
- Extending children knowledge – always challenging them for more
- Getting children to explain their strategies
- Much more self assessment
- More counting (especially counting back)
- Faster Pace
- More active learning
- Asking for alternative strategies (“Can you show me a different way?”, “Prove it!)
Q: What are the advantages and challenges of MR Tracker ?
|Identifying the gaps in knowledge||Resources – can’t buy them have to make them|
|Children accessing lessons at their own level||Time management|
|Children are more willing and able to complete written task/recording because of all the practical experiences||Convincing parents/other staff|
|Saves money on workbooks!|
|More secure of level A concepts|