How can you as a math teacher create an atmosphere ofemotional attunement in the classroom? By this we mean a learning situation where every single student
becomes interested in math and has fun because they experience themselves succeeding in the subject
feels safe to ask, safe to fail and safe to bring in his or her ideas
becomes motivated to help their classmates understand
How can this atmosphere open new possibilities for you to facilitate differentiated teaching in a symbiotic way, meaning that the difference of the academic level of the students is no longer an obstacle but a resource for a mutual learning process?
In this video the students themselves describe how they experience this way of teaching:
Seminar: Emotional attunement in the math classroom - a basis for symbiotic teaching
It takes time to develop that kind of atmosphere in the classroom and it is important to discuss the process with other colleagues who are doing the same steps as you do. Therefore, there will only be a new section every third week. Within each section we will establish an online discussion forum, where teachers from all over the world can share their experiences with the methods and discuss them.
Welcome to Lessson 1!
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Section 1: Classroom Observations 3
As a first step towards creating an atmosphere of emotional attunement in the classroom, it is important to explore the dynamics you have already created in your classroom. The more aware you are of your starting point, the easier it will be to identify the resources you have already built up and also the points which can be further developed. Therefore, your first task will be a mapping of the habits of interactions that exist in your classroom.
Section 2: The "contract" of mutual trust and responsitility 3
In section 2 we will introduce the "contract" of mutual trust and responsibility in the math classroom. This contract is the basis for achieving an educational environment of emotional attunement. You will be guided in how to implement this contract in your class.
If you succed making the Contract of Mutual Trust and Responsibility, the living reality in your classroom will change and new dimensions of your teaching will open. In section three you learn how to handle homework in a symbiotic way. This means that the differences in the academic levels of the students bocome a recource - not an obstacle.
Section 5: Symbiotic teaching - the class as a research community 3
Being human beeings we tent to have symphatie to ours own creations. In this section you will lern how to design your mathteaching in a way so that new mathematical impact is descovers by the class community itself. In the course an example will we discussed in detail. You pass the course