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Language in Numeracy. A project to promote effective language skills through application and practice . Bruce.Duncan@utas.edu.au. Follow the Leader. Traditional game Describe each stage before proceeding Make spatial language explicit “Let’s all walk towards the door.”

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language in numeracy

Language in Numeracy

A project to promote effective language skills through application and practice.

Bruce.Duncan@utas.edu.au

follow the leader
Follow the Leader
  • Traditional game
  • Describe each stage before proceeding
  • Make spatial language explicit
  • “Let’s all walk towards the door.”
  • “Now we’ll go through the door and down the steps.”
  • Modeling
  • Authentic context
  • Construction of meaning
  • Students represent the journey
word wall
Word Wall
  • Representing the language
  • “Spatial language”
  • “Describes movement, direction and location”
  • Recall from common experience
  • Selection of appropriate words
  • Definition (level of understanding)
  • Referent
  • Grouping/Pairing opposites
  • Provide context?
  • Classroom culture
space freeze
Space Freeze
  • Whole group enculturation
  • Everyone walks randomly around the room
  • Teacher calls, “Freeze. Hand up if you are near the door. (check). Go.”
  • “Hand up if the window is behind you.”
  • Flexible: Location, time, grouping.
  • Social. ZPD.
  • Highly repeatable.
  • Teacher centred.
student centred
Student Centred
  • Authentic application of spatial language
  • Requires communication of movement, direction and location
  • Feedback
  • Role play three activities
    • Back to back building
    • Fake statues
    • Eyes and legs
  • “Fish bowl” observation
  • Collect spatial language
  • Discussion questions
treasure map
Treasure Map
  • Performance of Understanding
  • Summative assessment
  • Each group hides a trinket
  • Represents the directions to locate it
  • Swap directions between groups
  • Follows directions to find trinket
  • Critique of directions
  • Variations
application practice
Application & Practice
  • Social
  • Rich construction potential
  • Performance of Understanding
  • Provide context. The opportunity to learn.
  • Scaffolding opportunities
  • Conceptualisation.
  • Thai boy, grade 1/2.
  • Um ah girl. Assessment as learning.
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Language in Numeracy

A project to promote effective language skills through application and practice.

Bruce.Duncan@utas.edu.au