This week as I sat down to create my presentation the hardest thing was choosing the topic. As a 5th grade teacher, there were a huge number of things which I could do and wanted to do – too many. As a result, I went back to the guidelines and my own refections on presentations which I have done poorly to try and come up with a suitable topic. My thinking was pretty much based on the guidelines.
I chose the topic of Multiplication which some of our pupils struggle with. We have pupils from all over the world who have had a variety of different methods taught to them. This method is just one that we use as we encourage pupils to find what works for them. No, one-size-fits-all.
I ended up with quite a few slides but still think I could work through this with my class in 5/6 minutes or so. I also thought of it as a resource which could be put in our class folder so the pupils could work through it at their own pace. Maybe with an audio narration or just letting them read some simplified speakers notes. I wanted it to be useful and shareable.
I stuck to very plain white background and didn’t include any images which had no meaning. Not even a smiley maths cartoon on the first page which I would have usually have done! I tried to stick to the things which I had learned. My images are actually numbers and a grid rather than traditional ‘pictures’. I created them all in Slides and so didn’t have to go looking for them. I thought it would be easier to keep them all looking similar that way. I kept words to a minimum and tried to place them beside my images following the principles which I have learned about from my reading.
I think it works quite well. I will try it out in school tomorrow and post some of the feedback which I get from the pupils. That is always the real measure of a resource. I will be interested to hear their thoughts.
Here is a link to my presentation: Multiplication using the grid method.
Feedback greatly appreciated.