Critical observation of Math Fun day organized by PGCE teacher trainees.
Math Fun day took place on the 26th of September in River Academy School. There were around 150 pupils and 37 teacher trainees, who were organizing this event. A few teachers from the school were presented to help (mainly to keep an eye on pupils ) and to observe.
The theme of the event was Olympic Games 2012. All the activities were divided into 4 large groups: Individual events, team events, building, countries and culture. Each group had from 2 to 4 different activities. Pupils had 10-20 min for each kind of activity.
The planning of the event took approximately 3 days – quite a short time, in my opinion, but the teacher trainees managed to organize their work surprisingly well for such a short time.
After brainstorming different ideas, it was decided on the theme of the event (in fact it was suggested by a senior member of the school, so it wasn’t that difficult). Then the format of the event was decided and it was suggested to divide the group into 4 smaller groups, each of which was responsible for one of the topics: individual events, team events, buildings and cultures and countries.
In my opinion it was very good idea to split the large group: first in two, later in 4, and, finally, into smaller groups. That was effective as in a smaller group it’s easier to discuss and to coordinate the work.
So, the principle was to move from the bigger picture to smaller and smaller details. In this way everybody could contribute something to the project.
Another good idea was to choose 2 people in charge for the whole event, who would control the whole thing, keeping in mind “the bigger picture”.
I think, the idea of each group working independently was good as in the end we had a lot of activities of different nature and not similar at all. When those activities were more or less developed, each group presented them to the rest of the students who gave their critical opinion.