Learning Through Doing lessons are presented as a detailed lesson plan, resources and a short ‘how to’ video that summarises the lesson and demonstrates the use of materials and resources. It is all easily accessible in 1 place – on our platform.
Learning Through Doing lessons are detailed. They include a list of the concepts for the students to understand (not just a statement of skills for them to demonstrate). When teachers have a clear focus on what they want students to understand they tend to approach the lesson differently than when they are focusing on what they want students to do. The LTD lessons also include background information that explains the mathematics involved in the lesson. Each section of the lesson includes questions the teacher can ask the students to encourage observation, reasoning and generalisation, all very important maths skills. The detail means that LTD lessons provide opportunities for teachers to depth their knowledge of mathematics and mathematics pedagogy as they teach them.
Primary school teachers tend to be English/Humanities focused or Maths/Science focused. There are significantly more English/Humanities focused primary teachers than Maths or Science focused primary teachers. Therefore, LTD lessons can provide support for teachers who do not have / have not had the opportunity for in-depth learning of Maths content and ways to teach Maths. By embedding professional development in the LTD lessons we provide learning opportunities for teachers without them needing to go ‘off class’.
(We want to teach the teachers as well as provide materials for them to teach the students) When students experience ‘aha’ moments teachers can tell that they have understood something, that something has made sense to them. When something makes sense it is more likely to be applied further and remembered for later use. We want teachers to read the lessons and have ‘aha’ moments themselves. Hopefully they will learn something about the maths or about ways to teach maths that they hadn’t thought of or experienced before. These approaches, with LTD lesson guidance are likely to be successful so teachers will apply these learnings in future classes they teach as well. Ongoing learning for all.