For my final project, I wanted an alternative way to teach numeracy topics such as fractions, time and division. I chose to try a variation on the flipped classroom to allow the children to stop the tutorials and replay the bits they found to difficult understand. I was also inspired by a website called mathtraintv.com. It is a site full of video tutorials made by kids for kids and I wanted to incorporate that idea into my final project.
Instead of giving the tutorials as homework, I chose to use them within the numeracy lessons in place of my direct teaching. We stared off by using Khan Academy. These tutorials helped to the children to get used to the format of watching, then stopping the tutorial to practise what they had just been shown.
At the end of the tutorials, the children were given worksheets to practise what they had been learning. Then they worked in pairs to answer real life problems that focused on the skill they had just learned.
When they had completed a few topics, the children had to make tutorials of their own on each of the topics they had covered. They made their tutorials using the educreations app or the educreations website on their Microsoft Surfaces. They were responsible for choosing the number or word problem they wanted to demonstrate and they could work individually and in pairs. The children were really inspired and were very enthusiastic about making their own tutorials.
When the children had made at least one tutorial each, we published them on their kidblog. I set homework for both year 3 classes to visit the blog and watch all the tutorials and leave a comment.
As the weeks went on, the children were not always on the same tasks at the same time. Some children worked quickly through the tutorials and were ready to move onto the next topic; other kids worked at a slower pace, yet were always on task.
I found it useful that all the different levels within the class were being catered for. I could utilise the tutorials to teach one group of children whilst I worked with another group of children on real life word problems and investigations. There was more time to work with the students and when they needed extra support I was able to provide it easily.
I am pleased with how technology has significantly modified how I have been able to teach numeracy. I was able to find lots of really good tutorials on YouTube and over the course of this project, I used a wide variety ranging from Khan Academy to tutorials made by children.
For teaching different methods of calculations, this variation on the flipped classroom has been a useful tool for differentiation, whilst making tutorials, has given the children an authentic way to apply what they have learned.