Michael is a specialist mathematics consultant from Melbourne, Australia. He is involved in many professional development programs in schools across Australia and Asia.Michael is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter who has a clear and practical approach to the challenges that confront schools and parents in mathematics. On this evening Michael will address the following issues:
What is my child learning in mathematics? How can I help my child become an efficient problem solver? How do children best learn mathematics? How can parents promote quality thinking and learning? How can I help my child in mathematics?
After the success of last year’s well attended, informative, and fun parent workshop, Michael Ymer is back again to help parents understand the role of Mathematics in our everyday lives. He will also focus on helping parents in understanding the way Mathematics is taught in schools. He will, with true Australian humor and poise, help us uncover what inquiry is, how inquiry can help us all become better mathematicians and how parents can help their children to be natural mathematical inquirers at home.
We had another great Parent Tech Coffee Morning today, focusing on connectivity. With the exciting Flat Classroom Conference coming up at YIS (March 8 – 10), we took this session to highlight the ways that being connected can be highly valuable and help create positive change in the world.
The Flat Classroom Conference is a special event for students from schools all around the world, as well as teachers. The purpose of the conference is to bring students together to collaboratively solve a challenging global problem. What’s exciting about this event is that we can see the extensive talents, creativity and leadership skills of our students in an engaging and student-driven environment that highlights the use of technology in innovative and collaborative ways.
At our conference here at YIS, our challenge is: “How do we help each other?” We’ll be viewing this challenge through the lens of the Great East Japan Earthquake, as an example of a real-life disaster and response. We are very fortunate to have speakers from several disaster-relief organizes join us for a conversation about what helping really looks like in practice. Of course, we’ll also have virtual participants from around the world, and make extensive use of our Connected Learning Community to create solutions that are media rich.
This conference really highlights the value of being connected in authentic ways. However, time spent online is often viewed as negative (because it’s perceived as not being connected in the “real world”). This TED talk by Alexandra Samuel started our discussion about the perceptions we have about spending time online:
We talked about the ways that we are connected, and the ways that our students can use their connections to make the world a better place. Some of the highlights were:
Understanding the importance of how you spend your time online. It’s easy to spend time online doing shallow things, but if we choose to spend our time on websites and engaged in tasks that make us better, the web we see will reflect the best of ourselves, rather than the worst. How can we help students use their time online to develop skills, learn new things, help others, and expand their perspectives?
The value of being “yourself” online. Although it’s tempting to create an alternate personality, we need to remember that there are people on the other side of the screen. Representing yourself authentically, and expecting others to do the same, enables us to make more valuable connections and to react more appropriately in difficult situations.
When we spend time online, it’s not always “wasted time”. It’s important for adults to value the learning, creativity and connections that students make in order to help them develop strong networking skills.
Join us again next month for our next topic:
Building Good Habits: Feb 6 from 9:15 – 10:15 in the Cafeteria
This week we’re focusing on Digital Citizenship: safe, responsible, respectful and behavior in digital spaces, as well as prioritizing a healthy balance in life. This week’s session will highlight the ways that parents can help support their children in building strong digital citizenship skills.