MATH LESSON STUDY - 2014
TCV SCHOOL CHAUNTRA – MIDDLE SCHOOL
Math Lesson Study team members:
1. Gen Lobsang Yeshi
2. Gen Lhakpa Bhuty
3. Gen Dolma Tsering
4. Gen Kunsang Dolma
We as teachers strongly believe that we should be continuous learners. We were really inspired by the talks given by Mr Kalsang Wangdu and Mr Jamyang Gyaltsen on the orientation day on TPD this year (2014). We believe that it has been a very good start of the academic year as it has given us the opportunity to grow professionally. Being a teacher, most of us are desperate to improve our teaching skills and this has been a wonderful chance for all of us who wants to grow under their guidance.
From all the topics introduced, we were attracted more towards collaborative teaching via Lesson Study because in mathematics there are many alternative methods and techniques of solving problems. Moreover, we can also share our different ways of effective teaching methods among ourselves. We also decided to prepare for the lesson through a proper research and discussion. So, we have chosen Lesson Study as it is more relevant and helpful to our profession.
After a few rounds of serious discussions, we unanimously came to the conclusion that we will choose an important topic from class 7, that is "parallel lines and transversal". We finalized the topic keeping in view of the following points:
a) How complicated the topic is from learners' point of view.
b) How the chapter is linked with higher classes and its essence of concept in the geometry.
We sat together and planned the first lesson through brain storming. And while planning the lesson we focused on E3 lesson planning structure. Then we discussed thoroughly on how to explore (activating children's previous knowledge on the topic or activating the existing schemas) by focusing on what kind of open ended questions that can be asked and we even discussed to whom we are going to ask the questions.
Are we going to ask the volunteers?
Are we going to choose the timid ones?
Are we going to draw a lottery?
Are we going to ask the question through popcorn method? Or
Are we going to simply discuss?
We strongly felt that every teacher should count these questions when they plan a lesson.
And for the experience (teaching the key contents of the lesson), we focused on how we are going to engage every child, specially the weaker ones in the tasks we are going to assign. We discussed on how we are going to set the task.
Are we going to assign them with a group activity?
Are we going to assign an individual task?
Are we going to make them explore by themselves?
Are we going to introduce the concept ourselves? OR
Are we going to be just a facilitator?
Are we going to use think-pair-share?
And for the expand (transferring or applying the knowledge/skills to a new context) part, we have thought that while digging deeper we have to ask the following questions to ourselves:
Are we going to ask MCQ type questions?
Are we going to give concept based questions?
Are we going to relate the questions with real life situation?
Are we going to assign the textbook questions for their home work?
It has been very effective working collaboratively this year. We are definitely going to continue the collaboration next year irrespective of whether we have to give the report or not. If we continue to work collaboratively like this year, we can assure that we can definitely make our children love mathematics and will be able to permanently delete the statement "Mathematics is difficult" from the minds of our children.
However, it has been difficult for us to get together most of the time because everyone was engaged with their busy schedule. Moreover, half an hour, twice a week's duration was not sufficient. As such we have to stay 15 to 20 minutes extra every day to complete the work meaningfully.
This program has played the role of a key to open our ignorant minds. We realized that, "When we work alone we think we are the best but when we work collaboratively we realized that there are still so many things to be learned." We learnt so many things from each other which we missed in our previous teachings. Through collaboration we the math teachers have become closer and we have also started sitting together during the break time to discuss our daily class room teachings. We can confidently say that we have grown a lot this year.
And yes we have definitely gained lots of confidence and experience especially during the lesson execution in front of many colleagues and observers who gave us genuine feedback in terms of positive points and the areas where improvement is needed.
Lastly, we thank the Department of Education and The Tibet Fund for taking the initiative to facilitate us with the guidance and fund to make this possible.
Lesson 1 executed by Gen Lhakpa
Lesson 2 executed by Gen Dolma Tsering
Lesson 3 executed by Gen Kunsang Dolma
Lesson 4 executed by Gen Kunsang Dolma