RSI: Scenario 2

Responding to students' ideas
Scenario: Róisín teaching equivalence of fractions Country: Ireland Grade (student age): 3rd class (age 8-9) Contributed by: Dolores Corcoran, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ireland Context – national, curricular, professional, other The Irish primary curriculum proposes that “the child should be enabled to identify fractions and equivalent forms of fractions with denominators 2, 4, 8 and 10” first among a list of six objectives for children in third class. Róisín, who was a second year Bachelor of Education student, with a relatively strong background in mathematics devised an ambitious lesson to develop an understanding of equivalent fractions with this class of 21 girls in the third week of her spring teaching placement. The lesson lasted 40 minutes. Scenario Róisín set the lesson in a pizzeria, with five friends sharing a “ten…
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AC: Scenario 3

Anticipation of complexity
Scenario: Nóirín teaching fraction concepts Country: Ireland Grade (student age): 5th Class (age 10-11) Contributed by: Dolores Corcoran, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Ireland Context – national, curricular, professional, other Nóirín is an undergraduate student in her final year in a teacher education programme engaged in a Learning to Teach Mathematics Using Lesson Study elective course. This lesson was a ‘reteaching’ of a lesson which the group had amended following discussion of its first iteration. The initial lesson in a middle-class school was supported by a worksheet with six equal sized circles representing pizzas to be divided among a group of friends. On this occasion, in a designated disadvantaged setting, it was decided to use the same ‘problems’, but half the page was left blank so children could represent the problem…
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