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Could I pick your brains, please?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by char2505, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. char2505

    char2505 New commenter

    Hello, I am writing an essay on numeracy teaching, and am focussing on the way some children show a difference in their strength in different types of learning - 'procedural' as in learnimg a process and beconing confident in using it, and 'conceptual' (as far as I can glean, understanding how to work things out cos they understand a concept and can think around the problem/have a deeper understanding -I guess like using and applying in this sense).
    The area I am looking at is addition, and I want to do some pupil interview to back up my essay and want to try and see what kind of learners I have. I am planning to do more contextual type questions to try and see if chn have conceptual understanding eg '1 apple is 5p, how much would 3 be?' alongside a similar more procedural question e.g. 6 +4 +5 = __.
    Then mixed up number sentences e.g 3+ ___ = 10 contrasted with 4+6= ___.
    I have 8 stickers on my reward chart how many more till I get a prize (this is at 20). cf 8+12 = ___.
    I would be so grateful if people could help by pointing out any limitations to these interviews that spring to mind that I would need to consider when using the evidence they provide, also for any additional ideas for my interviews or a better approach to get 'hard evidence' (obvioulsy alongside my longer term observations as their teacher).
    Hope this makes sense!
    Char x.

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