Recently I gave my class whole class a survey to complete around speaking in class. I wanted to hear from them their thoughts about sharing their thinking and speaking in class, how difficult they find and what makes it difficult etc.
Below are some of the interesting trends collected from my target group survey responses. My target groups responses to all questions can be found here.
- Every target child noted 'I'm afraid of what others will think of me' as a reason for what stops them from sharing their opinion in class.
- 4/6 noted 'They don't want to get a wrong answer' as a reason for what stops them from sharing their opinion in class.
- 4/6 said their equally happy sharing their thinking in front of either gender. 2/4 noted it would be easier sharing the thinking in groups f the same sex as them.
- Overall they are not interested in listening to others thinking
It's evident from these responses that I we have a lot of work to do in creating a supportive mathematical community where kids feel safe to share their thinking and one where they value the thinking of their peers.