Sunday, 9 February 2014

Bansho Sharing

For our Patterning and Algebra unit, we tried doing several Bansho activities.

Bansho is a Japanese style of teaching Math, where each lesson has three parts. Each lesson starts with activation, where the class discusses some things that they know about what they'll be focusing on that day. Then, it's the Bansho, group work, part. Students work in small groups to collaboratively solve problems. They use any resources, strategies and tools they want. Finally, each lesson ends with consolidation, in which they share what they came up with and challenges they had.

Finally, we display our work and sort them into solutions and strategies that were similar, and we determine which ones were most effective and efficient.

Consolidating our learning from one day helps us determine what we need to focus on for the next day.

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