Beginning our sixteenth year, the Richmond Primary Teachers Study Group met for the first time this school year on October 11 at Diefenbaker Elementary. As agreed upon by study group participants, this year’s focus is on the teaching and learning of mathematics in places and spaces outdoors, considering both how to take mathematics outdoors but also how the outdoors can inspire mathematical thinking.
Our three study groups books that we are going to draw inspiration from this year are:
Messy Maths by Juliet Robertson
50 Fantastic Ideas for Maths Outdoors by Kristine Beeley
Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson
There are so many books and resources available to support our professional inquiry together this year.
We spent some time exploring the Diefenbaker garden, playground and new outdoor learning area and considering what math we could find in these spaces.
One of the tasks we did was using materials or referents to estimate and create the length of one metre. We followed this up by each making our own “Sammy the Snake” – a one metre length of rope (idea from the Messy Maths book). This length of rope can be part of a “go bag” to take outside for measuring lengths, perimeter, circumference of trees and to think about fractions (by folding the length of rope). It is a flexible tool to support students’ developing understanding of comparing, ordering and constructing concepts of measurement and number.
Thanks to the Diefenbaker team for hosting us!