Today Dr Jannie Van Hees talked to the COL teachers about how to better develop the language acquisition of our children. She had a lot of great things to say but what really stood out for me was closely it aligned with Dr Bobbie Hunters PD on Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities DMIC. DMIC see's the children doing the speaking, explaining and justifying their thinking.
Both Dr Jannie and Bobbie had these goals as part of the social norms of the classroom:
- Every contribution is valuable
- No hands up
- Everyone's effort is honoured (by teacher and children)
- Children valuing/taking seriously/actively engaging with other children's thinking.
This Year I will be endeavouring to make these social norms part of my classroom as I explore DMIC maths with the lens of language acquisition.